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by Ronald B. Tobias

ePub Twenty Master Plots and How to Build Them: Mainstream Fiction, Genre Novels, Film Plots, Short Stories download
Author:
Ronald B. Tobias
ISBN13:
978-0749914240
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0749914246
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Judy Piatkus Publishers Ltd (February 23, 1995)
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This book shows you how to take timeless storytelling structures and make them immediate, now, for fiction that's universal in. .

This book shows you how to take timeless storytelling structures and make them immediate, now, for fiction that's universal in how it speaks to the reader's heart and contemporary in detail and impact. Each chapter includes brief excerpts and descriptions of fiction from many times, many genres - myth and fairy tale, genre and mainstream fiction, film plots of all types, short story and novel. Find 20 fundamental plots that recur through all fiction - with analysis and examples - that outline benefits and warnings, for writers to adapt and elaborate in their own fiction.

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These tales gain their power through plots that connect with the audience on both an emotional and intellectual level. He also discusses how to use these plots effectively in your own work. He shows you how to craft plot for any subject matter, so that you develop your work evenly and effectively.

and mainstream fiction, film plots, short stories and full-length novels.

Full of practical advice, each chapter in this text includes brief excerpts and descriptions of fiction from different centuries and genres, including myths and fairy tales, genre and mainstream fiction, film plots, short stories and full-length novels. Physical and character plots are the focus.

Twenty plots recur through all fiction and this book shows writers how to adapt them and elaborate upon them to.

Twenty plots recur through all fiction and this book shows writers how to adapt them and elaborate upon them to create their own unique novel. 1st ed. p. cm. Includes index. ISBN 0-89879-595-8 (hardcover) ISBN 1-58297-239-7 (pb. alk. paper) 1. Plots (Drama, novel, et. 2. Fiction-Technique. II. Title; Twenty master plots (and how to build them) PN218.

Ronald B. Tobias has spent his career as a writer moving from genre to genre, first as a short story writer . 20 Master Plots gives illustrations of known books which we grew up with and shows how the plots are used in these books

Ronald B. Tobias has spent his career as a writer moving from genre to genre, first as a short story writer, then as an author of fiction and nonfiction books and finally as a writer and producer of documentaries for public television. He is currently a professor in the Department of Media and Theatre Arts at Montana State University and the author of The Insider's Guide to Writing for Screen and Television. 20 Master Plots gives illustrations of known books which we grew up with and shows how the plots are used in these books. With the 20 plots in this book, one already has 20 books waiting to be written about their protagonist right off the bat.

Book DescriptionThis book shows the reader how to take timeless .

Book DescriptionThis book shows the reader how to take timeless storytelling structures and make them immediate, now, for fiction that's universal in how it speaks to the reader's heart and contemporary in detail and impact. Find 20 fundamental plots that recur through all fiction - with analysis andexamples - that outline benefits and warnings, for writers to adapt and elaborate in their own fiction. Ronald B.

Each chapter includes brief excerpts and descriptions of fiction from many times, many genres - myth and fairy tale, genre and mainstream fiction, film plots of all types, short story and novel.

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Full of practical advice, each chapter in this text includes brief excerpts and descriptions of fiction from different centuries and genres.

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  • This book is a masterwork. It's taught me how to write a story with an actual plot. Now I can sit down at the computer with a tiny seed of an idea and *know* that I'll be able to grow it into a competent story.

    That's kind of amazing.

    I disagree with the few criticisms I've read. I didn't think it was particularly repetitive. And if it was repetitive here and there, I didn't think it was a problem. I read each chapter twice anyway; I mean, it's a workbook, not a quick read. I wrote a complete story for each plot type. I also didn't think the author was condescending regarding popular fiction. He seemed to find more value in literary fiction <yawn> than I do, but hey, maybe his insights will make literary fiction less boring if I ever read any again. Seriously, even if you're not a writer, this book is worthwhile for the way it'll help you better appreciate your reading.

    I'll admit, I was disappointed that the book didn't give me a cookie cutter formula that I could create a book around. Instead, the author taught me how to analyze and understand plots and create my own. It's like a parable: A woman buys something on Amazon seeking one foolish impossible thing and ends up with something so much more valuable than she imagined. She went to Amazon not even knowing what she lacked; then she bought this book that helped her understand what she needed and then helped her achieve it on her own.

    This is an absolute standout book. Probably one of the most significant books I'll read in my life. The NEXT time I get on the NYT bestsellers list (hehe, I'm not being facetious, I took one of the pictures in How to Take Over Teh Wurld: A LOLcat Guide 2 Winning 'wuz awsome. srsly!) I'm gonna track down this author and send him a present!
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    I wanted to add that in May I wrote one story for each of the 20 plots as an exercise. In July I finally got around to sending out some submissions. Now it's the beginning of August and I've been published twice on the Internet and four more stories are scheduled to be published. Plus, one of my stories was purchased by two different anthologies. Thank you, Mr. Tobias! [...]

  • Amazon completely misses the point of what this book is supposed to be by asking what the 'plot' is of this book.

    Long story short, this book is for writers. It tells you what makes a good plot, and gives you many plot archetypes to study and gives you the foundation for what is a good plot structure (and what a specific plot needs when) to really deliver the best for the story you're working on. I really suggest this one along with 'Save the Cat' by Blake Snyder if you're serious about writing stories.

    This book is incredibly insightful and really blew my mind when I first read it. I bought this years ago and still use it to this day.

  • I'm not sure whether it is cultural indoctrination or basic human wiring, but I do recognize that I as a movie viewer tune in to certain patterns in a story that make it fulfilling and believable. The most compelling movies are those that work within the frameworks I know, the story structure and character interactions that I expect on some level. Movies that leave me wondering "what the heck" are those that stray far from these structures.

    "20 Master Plots" is a must-read guideline for not only the most compelling plot structures but also for other advice that will help refine the writer's craft. I have ordered several extra copies of this book to give to other aspiring writers. I believe that when you review your favorite movies in light of this book's content, you'll have an "ah ha!" moment.

  • This book offers invaluable advice to any reader or writer on how to analyze or craft a story. Tobias offers excellent examples from film and literature. I personally would have preferred more examples from literature, however, movies probably provide a more common ground of knowledge for a wide reading audience. The summaries at the end of each chapter provide a quick guide for a reader or writer to go back to as a reference. This book will definitely be one of my most valuable references in the future. I recommended for all students of literature.

  • I've read many, many books on the topic of writing, trying to gather advice to launch a writing career of my own. I can assure you that this book is one of those worth reading: it contains special insights on plot types that I haven't seen elsewhere, and I found enlightening.

    Having said that, this book isn't terribly well structured. Large swaths of it proved boring, repetitive, and even worse for a book I might've wanted to use as a reference book, unstructured: sometimes chapters will be segmented with headers ("Act One" "Act Two" "Act Three" "Checklist"), frequently they will not, and it will just be a long ramble.

    It's probably the result of a brilliant plot-writer but merely adequate essay-writer writing a book. And the end product is a book that, if you want to know more about plot writing, you SHOULD read, but you should also be prepared to slog through.

  • As a good writer whose weak area is story-creation, I found this book extremely useful. It allowed me to consider the novel I'm planning against a range of plot schemas, and I'll likely turn to it again and again. Some writers may disdain the many references to film, as opposed to literary fiction, but I didn't mind at all -- films undeniably pare down plot to its purest elements, and references to "real" literature abound, as well. Tobias does not pretend that the 20 plots he discusses (and dissects) cover the entire territory of plot-craft, but his pared-down approach allows the writer (or would-be writer) to encounter story from a straightforward and critical perspective.