Writing Blockbuster Plots: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Plot, Structure, and Scene

Martha Alderson

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Synopsis: Plotting a story filled with memorable, engaging scenes from beginning to end can feel like an insurmountable challenge. Having the right plan - and the tools to execute it - can make all the difference. Writing Blockbuster Plots pulls back the curtain on story structure with step-by-step strategies and visuals that turn plotting and scene writing into a no-stress endeavor.
In this completely revised and updated edition, the Plot Whisperer, celebrated writing instructor Martha Alderson helps you navigate the intricacies of story with the help of her exclusive Plot Planner and Scene Tracker tools. Using Alderson's effective, accessible techniques, you'll be able to:

  • PLOT your story from beginning to end with a focus on dramatic action, the emotional development of your characters, and thematic significance.
  • ENSURE that each scene contributes meaningfully to the narrative by tracking the seven essential elements of scene.
  • LINK scenes by cause and effect to create a tight, seamless narrative.
  • INJECT tension and conflict to keep readers glued to the page.
  • TARGET weak areas in your story and learn how to fix them.
Packed with exercises and dozens of examples from both classic and contemporary novels and best-selling authors such as All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, A Lesson before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines, and many more as well as illustrations of the Plot Planner and Scene Tracker in action, Writing Blockbuster Plots strips the confusion out of the plotting process, enabling you to write an engaging story that deserves a standing ovation.

About the Author: Martha Alderson is a historical novelist and best-selling author of The Plot Whisperer. Her most recent books for writers are Writing Blockbuster Plots and Writing Deep Scenes. She also has written The Plot Whisperer WorkbookThe Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts and the forthcoming Parallel Lives: A Novel.

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