"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


So, Joanne..what do you REALLY think of Plot and Structure?

For those of you who have been reading my blog over the past month or so, you have no doubt heard me refer to a certain writing craft book that I'm reading (actually, now it's was reading, as I finished Thursday). I've done it on at least one other occasion, though it seems like I have mentioned it a plethora of times. (to me, anyway!)

The book? Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. I had been told several times, by several people, to read this book. And it was on my list of books to buy "some day." Then I bought it, and it graduated to my list of books to read "some day." And then some day came, and I wish I'd bought and read it the VERY FIRST time I was told.
It covers exactly what makes a good plot, ways to get plot ideas, beginnings, middles, and ends, character arcs in plot, different plotting systems (both for the planners AND the pantsers!), and much, much more.

I can honestly say that I learned something new, and VALUABLE, in every one of its fourteen chapters. For instance, I realized that I'm much less of a pantser than I thought I was. I also know what it takes to write a good back cover blurb (and that it is often advisable to do it BEFORE you write your book). And some better ways to include backstory in your novel without doing a flashback scene.

If you are a writer, I can't recommend more strongly getting your hands on this book, and reading it! Click here for a way to find the cheapest price on it (and just about any other book!)

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to work on plotting my latest WIP!

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence


  1. I like browsing your website because you can always bring us new and awesome stuff, I feel that I ought to at least say a thank you for your hard work.

    - Henry

  2. Yes, "Plot and Structure" is one book I'll re-read often. There is so much in it!

  3. Plot and structure just get in the way of a good story.

  4. Thanks for sharing about this book! Sounds like something I need to get soon!

    Marilyn...in Mississippi

  5. Uber cool. I'll put it on my "buy-and-read-right-way" list ;)


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