Title: Plot & Structure
Author: James Scott Bell
Story: Provides techniques and exercises for crafting a plot
What Worked: This writing book is a staple, and most writers have read it. It’s definitely good to get as much advice as you can, even if you can sum it all up on one page out of 230.
What Needed Work: Like all self-help books, doing is much more fun than reading about it. Learning the craft and reading about it is much more boring than just digging into writing, and perhaps learning from your own mistakes. So my only gripe is, it was boring.
Overall: Plant the right seeds, in rich soil, and you grow something beautiful. Plop a two year old seed in the ground without paying attention to whats around it, what the soil is like, the condition of the seed, you never know what disaster you might end up with. That’s what I take away from this book. You read a masterpiece and it seems effortless, but the truth is, writing is a TON of work. Every time I finish a book and start to critique it, I remember that just getting to the finish line on a first draft is a lot farther than most come. It really really really is a lot of work for very little pay (unless you are become a superstar which is less than 1% of the population of authors). There were a few “AHA!” moments for me in the book. There were also quite a few exercises and techniques taught that I have been doing for some time in order to “learn”. This solidifies to me that I’m at least on the right track.
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