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Friday, April 28, 2006

Plotting a novel

Current Music: Tears for Fears—Shout

I once had a discussion about writers' favorite writing books with agent Cheryl Ferguson. We agreed that writers have varying tastes—much like humanity in general. Neither of us cared for Robert McKee's Story, though others adore it. That's life in all its idiosyncratic glory, and it's up to you to choose what works for you. Heck, that's half the fun, and Amazon greatly appreciates your research dollars.

With that disclaimer out of the way, here are a few suggestions for authors in the plotting stage. They'll be particularly useful for those of you writing genre/commercial novels.

Prescription for Plotting is a fantastic tool for organizing your novel and constructing its plot. Long after using and loving this workbook, I found myself sitting next to the author, Carolyn Greene, at an RWA National Conference. She's every bit as wonderful as her workbook, and the tips she shares in it can help you create excellent fiction.

Two alternatives are First Draft in 30 Days by Karen S. Wiesner and The Marshall Plan for Writers by Evan Marshall. Both will help you flesh out your book with a minimum of fuss.


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