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There is no secret formula for plot — but there is a pattern that has proved satisfying to readers and movie-goers for years. Once you have an understanding of this underlying structure you can apply it to a novel or screenplay in any genre. In Plot Basics you'll see: How to break down your plot into four quarters and decide what must happen in each — applying the 'rule There is no secret formula for plot — but there is a pattern that has proved satisfying to readers and movie-goers for years. Once you have an understanding of this underlying structure you can apply it to a novel or screenplay in any genre. In Plot Basics you'll see: How to break down your plot into four quarters and decide what must happen in each — applying the 'rule of three' to give a strong through-line with rising action and suspense. How to divide these into eight sequences that enable you to tell your story with maximum dramatic effect — including six major turning points plus a midpoint and a climax. What individual story elements belong in each of the eight sequences and how to develop them. You can use the eight sequences method to plot a story from scratch. Apply it to edit the first draft of a novel or screenplay you already have. Or use it to take apart a story you've started but which isn't working. When you know what needs to go where in a story, you can get on with the fun part of writing and create something for readers or movie-goers to enjoy — safe in the knowledge that your plot works.


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There is no secret formula for plot — but there is a pattern that has proved satisfying to readers and movie-goers for years. Once you have an understanding of this underlying structure you can apply it to a novel or screenplay in any genre. In Plot Basics you'll see: How to break down your plot into four quarters and decide what must happen in each — applying the 'rule There is no secret formula for plot — but there is a pattern that has proved satisfying to readers and movie-goers for years. Once you have an understanding of this underlying structure you can apply it to a novel or screenplay in any genre. In Plot Basics you'll see: How to break down your plot into four quarters and decide what must happen in each — applying the 'rule of three' to give a strong through-line with rising action and suspense. How to divide these into eight sequences that enable you to tell your story with maximum dramatic effect — including six major turning points plus a midpoint and a climax. What individual story elements belong in each of the eight sequences and how to develop them. You can use the eight sequences method to plot a story from scratch. Apply it to edit the first draft of a novel or screenplay you already have. Or use it to take apart a story you've started but which isn't working. When you know what needs to go where in a story, you can get on with the fun part of writing and create something for readers or movie-goers to enjoy — safe in the knowledge that your plot works.

54 review for Plot Basics: Plot Your Novel or Screenplay in Eight Sequences

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marian

    I might have a few pages left to read of this, but I can say with confidence that this book was SO HELPFUL with plotting my CampNaNoWriMo project in June. If I ever got lost with my plot, I would come back to this book for ideas on where the story should go from here, to get where I wanted it to be.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Page Graves

    Excellent Very helpful guide to using the eight sequence structure. Lots of details are given to explain each section. It helped me test the structure of a story I’d already written as well. Ignore the few typos in the text, the overall steps to build your story are gold.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Another book breaking down plot. Independently published, so not as polished as it could be. The breakdown of the often sluggish middle section of the book, Act II, is the most useful part of this guide.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Kincaid

    I've got several of Tomlinson's books and have found excellent nuggets in each. I've got several of Tomlinson's books and have found excellent nuggets in each.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ravi

    Nice and to the point Good for beginner's. Nice for revising the basic concepts.Deals with the 16 plot points just like the heroes journey. By . Nice and to the point Good for beginner's. Nice for revising the basic concepts.Deals with the 16 plot points just like the heroes journey. By .

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    Sample Only - I will likely read the full version at a later date next year.

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