Pros: Solid system for plotting and outlining.
Cons: If you’ve read most of the other books on writing, this may not teach you anything new.
Thoughts: Author’s system involves breaking the story into scenes, and putting each scene on its own 3×5 note card. I could have benefitted from reading this when I first got into writing. The 3×5 notecard plotting system is fairly well-known. The 3×5 note card method works fine, but the author seems oblivious to the wide array of software available for this kind of thing, such as mindmapping tools, etc. The plot archetypes, such as ‘Revenge’ or ‘Betrayal,’ and many others, are interesting.
Summary: Offers a great system for new writers, or writers new to plotting.
Table of Contents:
The Building Materials of Plot 4
The Narrative 5
Plot Structure 14
Inciting Incident 38
Rising Action 46
The Climax and Resolution 78
Building The Plot 94
Using Plot Archetypes 95
Creating Characters and Back Story 119
Constructing An Outline 136
Deepening the Story’s Resonance 178