Day: January 19, 2015

13 Ways and 3 Books to Build Blockbuster Plots

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Some outstanding advice for writers.

sad cartoon manMartha Alderson’s Blockbuster Plots: Pure and Simple (Illusion Press 2004) presents step-by-step strategies to build your story, maximize the impact of scenes and provide depth to the plot. She focuses not on the ordinary plot, but the one that will push you to the top of the pile, make your book a must-read among all others.The difference in simple terms is you must want to write a story that will go viral (maybe make you a lot of money) rather than simply tell a story you feel must be told. I’ve read two other books for would-be writers that address this unique animal:

Alderson explains it differently–less narrative and more a structured approach via what she calls a ‘Scene Tracker’. This handy spreadsheet includes significant elements required for each scene, such as:

  • date of scene
  • setting
  • scene summary
  • brief…

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