20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them

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Writer's Digest Books, Dec 15, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 288 pages
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Give your story a solid foundation—a plot that engages readers from start to finish!

The best stories linger in the hearts and minds of readers for decades. These tales gain their power through plots that connect with the audience on both an emotional and intellectual level.

Inside Ronald B. Tobias details these 20 time-tested plots. Each is discussed and analyzed, illustrating how a successful plot integrates all the elements of a story. Tobias then shows you how to use these plots effectively in your own work.

Tobias then goes to the next level, showing you how to choose and develop plot in fiction. He shows you how to craft plot for any subject matter, so that you develop your work evenly and effectively. As a result, your fiction will be more cohesive and convincing, making your story unforgettable for readers everywhere.

"Plot isn't an accessory that conveniently organizes your material according to some ritualistic magic. You don't just plug in plot like a household appliance and expect it to do its job. Plot is organic. It takes hold of the writer and the work from the beginning."
—Ronald Tobias

 

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Contents

Invisible Fiction
1
The Lowest Common Plot Denominators
21
The Strong Force
37
Deep Structure
45
Triangles
58
Twenty Master Plots Prologue
67
Master Plot 1 Quest
71
Master Plot 2 Adventure
85
Master Plot 9 Underdog
157
Master Plot 10 Temptation
165
Master Plot 11 Metamorphosis
174
Master Plot 12 Transformation
182
Master Plot 13 Maturation
190
Master Plot 14 Love
199
Master Plot 15 Forbidden Love
216
Master Plot 16 Sacrifice
226

Master Plot 3 Pursuit
95
Master Plot 4 Rescue
103
Master Plot 5 Escape
112
Master Plot 6 Revenge
119
Master Plot 7 The Riddle
133
Master Plot 8 Rivalry
148
Master Plot 17 Discovery
237
Master Plot 18 Wretched Excess
247
Master Plots 19 20 Ascension Descension
258
Parting Shots
269
Index
274
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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. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

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