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Do you want to give your novel a powerful story line? Do you want to power up a draft you’ve written? This guide shows professional techniques for developing and structuring your fiction book. It solves plot problems such as slow beginnings, sagging middles and flat endings, and guides you to write specific story parts such as the ‘Black Moment’ and the ‘Climax’. The foc Do you want to give your novel a powerful story line? Do you want to power up a draft you’ve written? This guide shows professional techniques for developing and structuring your fiction book. It solves plot problems such as slow beginnings, sagging middles and flat endings, and guides you to write specific story parts such as the ‘Black Moment’ and the ‘Climax’. The focus of this guide is on plotting full-length novels, but there are also chapters on plotting short stories, series and serials. British English


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Do you want to give your novel a powerful story line? Do you want to power up a draft you’ve written? This guide shows professional techniques for developing and structuring your fiction book. It solves plot problems such as slow beginnings, sagging middles and flat endings, and guides you to write specific story parts such as the ‘Black Moment’ and the ‘Climax’. The foc Do you want to give your novel a powerful story line? Do you want to power up a draft you’ve written? This guide shows professional techniques for developing and structuring your fiction book. It solves plot problems such as slow beginnings, sagging middles and flat endings, and guides you to write specific story parts such as the ‘Black Moment’ and the ‘Climax’. The focus of this guide is on plotting full-length novels, but there are also chapters on plotting short stories, series and serials. British English

30 review for Writing Vivid Plots: Professional Techniques for Fiction Writers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shabana Mukhtar

    Updated 28-oct-2018 Done with this amazing book. It really help me understand the basics yet again and taught a few new elements of writing a good plot. I hope to incorporate some or all of these lessons in my novel. We gotta keep bettering ourselves. --------- Updated 21-oct-2018 I like to write, but haven't spent much time in learning the art of writing, except for a few basics that I discuss with my publisher. Since I haven't read much in the past 3 weeks, I guess it is time for reading a non-fic Updated 28-oct-2018 Done with this amazing book. It really help me understand the basics yet again and taught a few new elements of writing a good plot. I hope to incorporate some or all of these lessons in my novel. We gotta keep bettering ourselves. --------- Updated 21-oct-2018 I like to write, but haven't spent much time in learning the art of writing, except for a few basics that I discuss with my publisher. Since I haven't read much in the past 3 weeks, I guess it is time for reading a non-fiction book that will help me write fiction :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Samuels

    Helped a ton with some Act 2 business!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Neuravinci

    Informative but repetitive. I did learn some things to keep in mind but the book would’ve been better if it went into more depth on the topics and focused less on repeating concepts. The repetition is helpful to reinforce knowledge but more depth would’ve been more useful alongside repetition. The last few pages are two chapters of one of the author’s fantasy books. It would’ve been more helpful if the author highlighted the different portions of the chapters as the different plot elements she w Informative but repetitive. I did learn some things to keep in mind but the book would’ve been better if it went into more depth on the topics and focused less on repeating concepts. The repetition is helpful to reinforce knowledge but more depth would’ve been more useful alongside repetition. The last few pages are two chapters of one of the author’s fantasy books. It would’ve been more helpful if the author highlighted the different portions of the chapters as the different plot elements she wrote about.

  4. 5 out of 5

    J. Crooks

    Great Book! I am writing this review without any type of kickback from the author. I tip my hat to this author, many writers have issues with solving problems in our writing. I devoured this book and I am excited to move on to the next. I am not a professional writer, maybe this would be a refresher for those types but I am a mechanic who has shown a gift for creative writing. Urged on my numerous teachers and winning awards I have decided to get a book (or 50) out of me to make the world a bette Great Book! I am writing this review without any type of kickback from the author. I tip my hat to this author, many writers have issues with solving problems in our writing. I devoured this book and I am excited to move on to the next. I am not a professional writer, maybe this would be a refresher for those types but I am a mechanic who has shown a gift for creative writing. Urged on my numerous teachers and winning awards I have decided to get a book (or 50) out of me to make the world a better place.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peter Dennett

    Another great book This is yet another great book in her writing series. If you are a learning author, even though you are a creative person, this book can help you cut the nonsense and get to the important bits. My only complaint, if indeed it is relevant, is the length of her final chapter in regards to her own book. A shorter version, or a single chapter, would be more effective. However, it's a excellent way to provide inspiration. Another great book This is yet another great book in her writing series. If you are a learning author, even though you are a creative person, this book can help you cut the nonsense and get to the important bits. My only complaint, if indeed it is relevant, is the length of her final chapter in regards to her own book. A shorter version, or a single chapter, would be more effective. However, it's a excellent way to provide inspiration.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shelley Stanaway

    This is a good book that helps not only those who are just sitting down to write their stories but also for those who are in the final editing phases. I learn a lot during the reading of it and was reminded of many things I forgot. I am a pantser, well kind of sort of, not quite a full one, but still with the tips she gives I can easily fit most everything to the writing style I am most comfortable with and not feel stifled.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Miller

    Plot to read! I have Read several of Rayne Hall's books on writing. Each one has giving me invaluable tips And information that would help in my writing career. She explains things and a very simple forward matter that makes everything easy to understand and to apply to your project. This book is a must wait for anyone whoever writes novels. Plot to read! I have Read several of Rayne Hall's books on writing. Each one has giving me invaluable tips And information that would help in my writing career. She explains things and a very simple forward matter that makes everything easy to understand and to apply to your project. This book is a must wait for anyone whoever writes novels.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tristan

    This book on plot structure, currently available on Kindle Unlimited, is an assemblage of tropes and platitudes, full of cliché and Deus Ex Machina. There are are few useful hints regarding sub-plots and flashbacks, but the main discussion of structure is poor. There are much better books on that topic out there.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paul Fleming

    Clear, concise and helpful I enjoy all of Rayne Hall's writing books, and the example chapters from her fiction title has piqued my interest in her other work...even though not my normal choice of genre. Nice and clear explanations with concise and helpful examples littered throughout. A highly recommended read for authors of all levels. Clear, concise and helpful I enjoy all of Rayne Hall's writing books, and the example chapters from her fiction title has piqued my interest in her other work...even though not my normal choice of genre. Nice and clear explanations with concise and helpful examples littered throughout. A highly recommended read for authors of all levels.

  10. 5 out of 5

    H.T. Torres

    Perfect as a quick reference guide Plotting is too broad for a single/short book, and this one covers most of it. Almost 5 stars in my opinion, lacking only more examples along the way.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Bowen

    Serious about learning the craft of writing? This is a great lead-in or refresher book for developing an overall story plot and individual scenes for your next novel. Side note: I love the author's writing style - dealing with a complex topic as an easy read. Serious about learning the craft of writing? This is a great lead-in or refresher book for developing an overall story plot and individual scenes for your next novel. Side note: I love the author's writing style - dealing with a complex topic as an easy read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    K.R.

    I received a lot of useful information from this book. It was written in a style that I personally don't care for but it doesn not affect its usefulness, quality, or the information I got from it. Overall a great read. I received a lot of useful information from this book. It was written in a style that I personally don't care for but it doesn not affect its usefulness, quality, or the information I got from it. Overall a great read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    This is an excellent overview of developing and executing plots for novels and (to a lesser extent) short stories. Even if you think you're a whiz at plots, it never hurts to review this material. I came away with a few nice strategies I am going to try in my next work. This is an excellent overview of developing and executing plots for novels and (to a lesser extent) short stories. Even if you think you're a whiz at plots, it never hurts to review this material. I came away with a few nice strategies I am going to try in my next work.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Peter West

    A helpful reminder of plot structures This was a helpful reminder of how to work with plot structures and reader expectations. It does what it says on the tin.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Levi Borba

    Short book with good examples. Interesting to grab insights.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Madeleine McLaughlin

    Good Book This gives a good overview of plotting. Although an experienced writer will know some of this, there is enough new stuff that will enhance your learning.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Sanders

    Good information for the toolbox and as a writer I need the biggest toolbox possible.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kay Oliver

    Excellent This book is jam-packed with great info. How to plot by genre, plotting a whole book, a short story, plotting a scene. Lots of great tips.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lowel Goss

    Another Great Read! Another great read that gets the blood flowing and the mind thinking! I highly recommend this book for anyone who’s looking to make their plots really stand out!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy Murphy

    Very useful You need this series if you are just starting out and may not have been a writing major your first time around

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Aubrey

    Great book for those starting out and searching for solid information/tips.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Thiago d'Evecque

    Very basic. Give it a pass if you've read any other book on plot and writing, or even if you've read a fair share of blog posts about it. Very basic. Give it a pass if you've read any other book on plot and writing, or even if you've read a fair share of blog posts about it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Peter Wallace

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hyzie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Myna

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mika Geyer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mr. P. T. Jackson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

  29. 5 out of 5

    A. Shugart

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julie Slusher

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