The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts

Written by celebrated writing teacher and author Martha Alderson, this book guides you through each stage of the writing process, from constructing compelling characters to establishing an unforgettable ending.

Author: Martha Alderson

Publisher: Adams Media

ISBN: 9781440560811

Category: Reference

Page: 240

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Daily exercises guaranteed to spark your writing! The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts gives you the inspiration and motivation you need to finish every one of your writing projects. Written by celebrated writing teacher and author Martha Alderson, this book guides you through each stage of the writing process, from constructing compelling characters to establishing an unforgettable ending. Alderson also helps you get into the habit of writing creatively every day, with brand-new imaginative prompts, such as: Create an obstacle that interferes with the protagonist's goal and describe how that scene unfolds moment-by-moment. Provide sensory details of the story world and what your main character is doing at this very moment. Scan earlier scenes for examples of the protagonist's chief character flaw and develop it. He or she will need to overcome this flaw in order to achieve his or her ultimate goal. Show an issue or situation in the main character's life that needs attention and have him or her take the first step forward toward a course of action. Filled with daily affirmations, plot advice, and writing exercises, The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts will set your projects in the right direction--and on their way to the bestseller list!

Writing Deep Scenes

Inside you'll learn: • How scenes are comprised of three key layers: action, emotion, and theme. • How to recognize each layer and weave them seamlessly into a scene. • How to develop an intricate relationship between the action and ...

Author: Martha Alderson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599638874

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Take a Deep Dive into Plot and Scene and Improve Your Writing Whether you're planning your first novel or have already written a first draft, you need to master the concepts of plot and scene to truly realize your story's potential. Writing Deep Scenes teaches you how to write strong, layered, and engaging scenes--the secret to memorable, page-turning plots. It's filled with practical tools for building layers and nuance into your scenes, employing the right scene types at the right junctures, and developing a profound understanding of how plot and scene intertwine. Inside you'll learn: • How scenes are comprised of three key layers: action, emotion, and theme. • How to recognize each layer and weave them seamlessly into a scene. • How to develop an intricate relationship between the action and emotion in every scene. • How thematic imagery embedded in scenes increases a story's tension and contributes to the story's meaning. Using contemporary examples from a variety of genres, Writing Deep Scenes provides an effective method for plotting at the scene level. Use these techniques and enrich your fiction and memoirs with page-turning suspense and pathos, and explore new depths in every story you write.

Writing Blockbuster Plots

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.

Author: Martha Alderson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599639833

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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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, celebrated writing instructor and plot consultant 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. Filled with examples from both classic and contemporary novels, 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 a story that deserves a standing ovation.

Plot Whisperer Workbook

In this writing workbook, celebrated writing teacher and author Martha Alderson covers everything from constructing spirited action and compelling characters to establishing an unforgettable ending.

Author: Martha Alderson

Publisher: Adams Media

ISBN: 1440542740

Category: Reference

Page: 224

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Turn lackluster plots into irresistible stories! When it comes to writing bestsellers, it's all about the plot. But creating a captivating storyline that mesmerizes your audience until the very end is easier said than done. With thousands of engaging books on the shelf, you'll need to set yours apart by developing unique scenarios that leave readers wondering what happens next. In this writing workbook, celebrated writing teacher and author Martha Alderson covers everything from constructing spirited action and compelling characters to establishing an unforgettable ending. She also walks you through the development of a successful narrative with exercises that: Help build suspense Incorporate effective subplots Tie up all the loose ends Keep the reader turning pages Filled with essential advice and writing exercises, /The Plot Whisperer Workbook will quickly become your go-to guide for crafting a tale worthy of the bestseller list!

The Plot Whisperer

Trouble is, plot is where most writers fall down—but you don’t have to be one of them. With this book, you’ll learn how to create stories that build suspense, reveal character, and engage readers—one scene at a time.

Author: Martha Alderson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781440528477

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Discover how to create stories that build suspense, reveal character, and engage your audience with this ultimate guide to writing. When it comes to writing bestsellers, it’s all about the plot. Trouble is, plot is where most writers fall down—but you don’t have to be one of them. With this book, you’ll learn how to create stories that build suspense, reveal character, and engage readers—one scene at a time. Celebrated writing teacher and author Martha Alderson has devised a plotting system that’s as innovative as it is easy to implement. With her foolproof blueprint, you’ll learn to devise a successful storyline for any genre. She shows how to: -Use the power of the Universal Story -Create plot lines and subplots that work together -Effectively use a scene tracker for maximum impact -Insert energetic markers at the right points in your story -Show character transformation at the book’s climax This is the ultimate guide for you to write page-turners that sell!

How to Blog a Book

Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time Nina Amir ... MARTHA ALDERSON ON GOING FROM BLOG TO BOOK: THE PLOT WHISPERER Martha Alderson uses ...

Author: Nina Amir

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599635422

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 168

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How to Blog a Book teaches you how to create a blog book with a well-honed and uniquely angled subject and targeted posts—and how to build the audience necessary to convince agents and publishers to make your blog into a book. Inside you'll find: • Basic information on how to set up your blog and the essential plug-ins and other options necessary to get the most out of each post • Steps for writing a book easily from scratch using blog posts • Advice on how to write blog posts • Tips on gaining visibility and promoting your work both online and off • Tools for driving traffic to your blog • Information on how to monetize an existing blog into a book or other types of products • Profiles with authors who received blog-to-book deals Author Nina Amir explains how writing a book in cyberspace allows you to get your book written easily, while promoting it and building an author's platform. It's a fun, effective way to start writing, publishing, and promoting a book, one post at a time.

How to Blog a Book Revised and Expanded Edition

As you read this book, agents and acquisitions editors are scanning the Internet to find new writers with great ideas to turn into books.

Author: Nina Amir

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599638928

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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Transform Your Blog into a Book! The world of blogging changes rapidly, but it remains one of the most efficient ways to share your work with an eager audience. In fact, you can purposefully hone your blog content into a uniquely positioned book--one that agents and publishers will want to acquire or that you can self-publish successfully. How to Blog a Book Revised and Expanded Edition is a completely updated guide to writing and publishing a saleable book based on a blog. Expert author and blogger Nina Amir guides you through the process of developing targeted blog content that increases your chances of attracting a publisher and maximizing your visibility and authority as an author. In this revised edition you'll find: • The latest information on how to set up, maintain, and optimize a blog • Steps for writing a book easily using blog posts • Advice for crafting effective, compelling blog posts • Tips on gaining visibility and promoting your work both online and off • Current tools for driving traffic to your blog • Strategies for monetizing your existing blog content as a book or other products • Profiles of bloggers who received blog-to-book deals and four new "blogged-book" success stories Whether you're a seasoned blogger or have never blogged before, How to Blog a Book Revised and Expanded Edition offers a fun, effective way to write, publish, and promote your book, one post at a time.

Author Academy Writer s Block Journal

We all suffer from writer's block at some point in our writing journey.

Author: Sue Kennedy

Publisher:

ISBN: 0648446913

Category:

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We all suffer from writer's block at some point in our writing journey. It's a common problem we all face as writer's. The reason I created this journal was to help my aspirig authors that I coach one to one and in my fortnightly writing circles.This journal is a 90 day writing journey that is a gentle guidance through image, symbols and writing...what you will find is:¿ 30 days of Visual Writing Prompts¿ 30 days of Question/Sentence Starter Writing Prompts¿ 30 days of Symbolic Writing Prompts

59 Reasons to Write

Visit her website at http://bookwhisperer.com/. Lesson 44: Obsessions, Volcanoes, and Story Structure in Nonfiction By Elizabeth Rusch My obsession with ...

Author: Kate Messner

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 9781625310033

Category: Education

Page: 216

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In order to teach writing effectively, teachers must be writers themselves. They must experience the same uncertainty of starting a new draft and then struggling to revise. As they learn to move past the fear of failure, they discover the nervous rush and exhilaration of sharing work with an audience, just as their students do. Only by engaging in the real work of writing can teachers become part of the writing community they dream of creating for their students. Kate Messner's new book, 59 Reasons to Write, shows teachers and librarians who teach writing how to be stronger role models for their students. "Writing for my students provided me with appropriate mentor texts to share," she writes. "Writing with my students made me a mentor and a far better teacher." 59 Reasons to Write grew out of Messner's popular online summer writing camp, Teachers Write. Throughout the book she offers mini-lessons, writing prompts, and bursts of inspiration designed to get you writing every day, whether on your own or as part of a group. Dozens of guest authors also share their writing processes and secrets, from brainstorming ideas and organizing research to developing characters and getting unstuck from writer's block. 59 Reasons to Write is for anyone who has always wanted to write but never managed to get into the habit. Daily warm-ups will help you flex your writing muscles and energize your teaching. As Messner shares, "One of the greatest gifts of writing is the way it nudges us to look more closely not only at the world but also at ourselves."

What Writers Need to Know Essential Topics

You want to give your character a special ability that will be useful in the plots you devise throughout the series. Being a dog whisperer is nice, ...

Author: William Bernhardt

Publisher: Babylon Books

ISBN: 9781948263474

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 116

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In this volume, William Bernhardt tackles essential topics that, while smaller in scope, are nonetheless necessary to a contemporary author's survival. How do you create a memorable series character? Should you write in the first person? What does "Show, don't tell" really mean? How do you add suspense? Bernhardt also discusses legal issues confronting writers and marketing concerns, such as the all-important book description for online sales pages. Bernhardt tackles these eleven topics with his usual direct, no-nonsense style, telling writers what they need to know without wasting their time.

The Book Whisperer

90 The Book Whisperer Web and Redwall, are fantasy or not. ... Basic story grammar is found in the movies and television shows they watch, too.

Author: Donalyn Miller

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 047062342X

Category: Education

Page: 240

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Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller's students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. Miller's unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore. Instead, she helps students navigate the world of literature and gives them time to read books they pick out themselves. Her love of books and teaching is both infectious and inspiring. The book includes a dynamite list of recommended "kid lit" that helps parents and teachers find the books that students really like to read.

Media Today

Producers have gotten ideas for movies from television shows, comic books, toys, ... Their plot ideas often come to production firms via writers' talent ...

Author: Joseph Turow

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136278976

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 464

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Media Today uses convergence as a lens that puts students at the center of the profound changes in the 21st century media world. Through the convergence lens they learn to think critically about the role of media today and what these changes mean for their lives presently and in the future. The book's media systems approach helps students to look carefully at how media is created, distributed, and exhibited in the new world that the digital revolution has created. In this way, Media Today goes beyond the traditional mass communication textbook's focus on consuming media, to give students an in.

Crossing

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Martha Alderson's The Plot Whisperer and Colleen Hoover's Hopeless for giving me the nudge I needed to write my story down ...

Author: Stacey Wallace

Publisher: Write Free Press

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page:

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He stole her lipstick… and her heart. Twenty-year-old Dani Walker can’t believe her luck when she’s paired up with the gorgeous Liam Garrett as her Acting I scene partner—or when he ends up in her bed. Being a Plain Jane with a mouth on her hasn’t exactly served Dani well in the guy department. In fact, she’s had nothing but one-night stands. Still, she lets go of her insecurities and falls for Liam, despite feeling like he’s holding something back. When Dani finally discovers Liam’s secret, she must learn the true meaning of accepting the ones we love for who they are, or risk losing the best thing that’s ever happened to her. The Open Door Love Story novels can be read as standalones, but are best enjoyed when read in this order: Crossing Diving In My Remedy Scars On Our Hearts The complete series is available in the Open Door Love Story Box Set. Curvy Girl Romance, Fat Girl Romance, Transgender Romance, LGBTQIA+ Romance, theater romance, college romance

Make It Last

And their story poured outof me. ... But instead, I was excited to write these books because you were excited. ... Natalie, you are my plot whisperer.

Author: Megan Erickson

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062353535

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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After graduating from Bowler University, the last place Cam Ruiz ever expected to find himself is his hometown. A bad job as a bouncer and worry over his mom's health make living in Paradise anything but. There's only one thing that can make his return any harder—running into the only girl he's ever loved. Tate Ellison made a mistake when she was eighteen, one that cost her the best thing she's ever had. She always hoped the pain of losing Cam would fade over time. Too bad it's only grown. She took comfort in the fact that she'd never have to face him again, so his presence in Paradise throws her for a loop. The pull between them is instant, and when the truth of what happened years ago tumbles out, they share a mind-blowing kiss … which leads to more. But the past has a way of repeating itself. When all the cards are on the table, Cam and Tate must decide what they are willing to do to make it last.

2015 Guide to Self Publishing Revised Edition

Contact: Martha Alderson M.A. (also known as the Plot Whisperer), instructor. Estab. ... and thematic plotline for a screenplay, memoir, short story, novel, ...

Author: Robert Lee Brewer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599638676

Category: Reference

Page: 362

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The 2015 Guide to Self-Publishing is the essential resource for writers who are taking their publishing futures into their own hands, whether it's referred to as self-publishing or indie publishing. In addition to hundreds of listings for freelance editors, designers, self-publishing companies, and more--the Guide to Self-Publishing offers articles on how to create standout covers, hire freelance designers, break in to the gift market, protect your work, promote your work, and more. You also gain access to: • Lists of conferences, organizations, and book fairs and festivals • A pay-rate chart to help negotiate fair terms with any freelancers you might use • Interviews with successful indie authors, including Hugh Howey, Bob Mayer, Delilah Marvelle, and more + Includes access to a one-hour webinar, "How to Format E-books With Microsoft Word," indie author Jason Matthews helps writers master e-book formatting. This webinar covers each section of your book's needs, from the title and table of contents to inserting images and hyperlinks. In just over an hour, you'll be able to professionally format your e-book and give readers something they'll enjoy.

How to Write a Book Proposal

He is already receiving invitations to discuss the book's ideas. ... Listens to Horses: The Story of a Real-Life Horse Whisperer; Horse Sense for People; ...

Author: Michael Larsen

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781582977034

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 336

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The Source for Book Proposals Success! How to Write a Book Proposal is THE resource for getting your work published. This newly revised edition of the Writer's Digest Books classic outlines how to create an effective, nonfiction book proposal in a clear, step-by-step manner. You'll learn the keys to a successful book proposal and how to: • Test-market the potential of a book idea and effectively communicate that potential in a proposal • Choose the best agents and editors for a particular proposal • Create a professional-looking proposal package • Predispose publishers to make their best offer Notes agent and author Michael Larsen also provides insider insights into the publishing industry as well as a plethora of newly updated information including: • Recent changes in the publishing industry • Updated trend information • New sample proposals • Expanded instructions for creating outlines You'll also find complete guidelines to becoming an effective self-promoter. How to Write a Book Proposal is a must-have for every writer!

The Power of Story

... 79–80 Big Ideas, 97–98, 101f bilingualism: affective filters in, 162; ... Todd H., 23 book floods, 33 Book Whisperer (Miller), 11, 210 Book Women, ...

Author: Joan Wink Ph.D.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440843976

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 275

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Through this book, readers will discover that stories can move the human heart and head in ways that research cannot. • Emphasizes the power of story and highlights the many unique paths to literacies • Shows how stories make complex information about literacies accessible to everyone • Covers approaches to storytelling and literacies for immigrant communities and children who may speak multiple languages • Shines a bright light on the significant role of libraries in providing access to books, knowledge, and human connections • Features photos, images, drawings, and quotes throughout each chapter

An H P Lovecraft Encyclopedia

First published (b, c, and d only) in The Notes & Commonplace Book (Futile Press ... The notebook contains four items: (a) "Weird Story Plots" (unpublished) ...

Author: S. T. Joshi

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313315787

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 339

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Provides a guide to Lovecraft's life and work covering his fiction, poetry, journalism, creatures and characters, friends, colleagues, and associates.

How to Tell a Story

It can be a useful tool for marketing a book that has a clear focus and deals with an interesting and relevant idea, or juxtaposition of ideas.

Author: Peter Rubie

Publisher: Crossroad Press

ISBN:

Category: Reference

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Drawing on Provost's proven philosophies, Rubie examines every facet of storytelling, from narrative hooks to fulfilling climaxes. Through advice, exercises, and an outstanding array of examples, you'll learn to create gripping narratives powered by strong characters. You'll discover the secrets of sequencing, of weaving subplots into rich stories, of manipulating story pace to increase conflict, tension, and surprise. “Rarely does a writing guide arrive with the authority of HOW TO TELL A STORY.” Publishers Weekly. "HOW TO TELL A STORY is a must for anybody who writes nonfiction or fiction -- television and screenwriters included." - Hugh Wilson, creator of WKRP in Cincinnati, director of The First Wive's Club. "A most useful book that will aid anyone tying to become a writer of fiction. I recommend it highly." - Roderick Thorp, bestselling author of River, Die Hard, and Detective. "Gary Provost was one of the best friends a writer ever had. He knew that all writers face a hard challenge: to take their ideas, aspirations, and vapors of creativity, and make them concrete for the reader. How to do it? Treat writing as a craft, with techniques that can be learned, with tricks that can be taught. In this book, Peter Rubie shows Gary Provost at his best." William Martin, author of Cape Cod and Annapolis. "HOW TO TELL A STORY offers a harvest of time-tested problem-solving techniques that will enrich every writer's art and craft. It's a feast of innovative, clearly stated advice that will nourish a writer's confidence and career. Read it and you will reap its many rewards." - Gerald Gross, author of Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do. "Peter Rubie and Gary Provost have got it right. HOW TO TELL A STORY covers everything a novice writer needs to learn and a professional writer needs to remember. It's earned a permanent place on my desk." - Barbara Shapiro, author of Blind Spot and See No Evil. "In this unique book, the time honored ability of story telling has been dissected, examined carefully and defined in detail for the writer. With a fresh new look at what makes a story exciting and compelling, HOW TO TELL A STORY outlines for the writer all the secrets of dramatic story telling. Every writer should read this book before writing another paragraph." - Keith Wilson, M.D., novelist, and author of Cause of Death: A Writer's Guide to Death, Murder, & Forensic Medicine.

A Dragon Whisperer s Guide to Love

The first half of this book portrays the story of my marriage; I don't go into great detail pertaining to my childhood or to unimportant matters regarding ...

Author: K. M. Rainbow

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781445220086

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Page: 196

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A hauntingly intimate memoir exploring betrayal, adultery and sexual addiction from the challenging perspective of spiritual consciousness.This work involves a powerful mix of experience based wisdom and truth that redefines definitions of love, trust and betrayal.