20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them
Give your story a solid foundation - a plot that engages readers from start to finish!
&break;&break;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.
&break;&break;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.
&break;&break;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.
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Story is a chronicle of events. Plot is why; it leads to expectations. The process may ultimately exceed these guidelines, but the writer will have a way to navigate in the interim. There are twenty-six chapters. Each begins with a quote by a famous writer. Examples are given from literature. The ones defining a plot type end with a checklist. Plots have two groups of types, action or character, body or mind. Comedy is the latter. Plot types may be combined. The twenty master plots are quest, adventure, pursuit, rescue, escape, revenge, the riddle, rivalry, underdog, temptation, metamorphosis, transformation, maturation, love, forbidden love, sacrifice, discovery, wretched excess, ascension and descension. Plot is a force of cohesion, and a container. The lowest common denominators are tension, opposition, increasing stakes, change is the point, significant events, casual appearance, reason for rules, and central actor climax, Unified action involves the beginning, middle and end. The beginning establishes cause, intent and motivation. The middle has effect, rising action, reversals and recognition. The end has climax, falling action and denouement.
THE LOWEST COMMON PLOT DENOMINATORS
THE STRONG FORCE
TWENTY MASTER PLOTS PROLOGUE
MASTER PLOT 1 QUEST
MASTER PLOT 2 ADVENTURE
MASTER PLOT 9 UNDERDOG
MASTER PLOT 10 TEMPTATION
MASTER PLOT 11 METAMORPHOSIS
MASTER PLOT 12 TRANSFORMATION
MASTER PLOT 13 MATURATION
MASTER PLOT 14 LOVE
MASTER PLOT15 FORBIDDEN LOVE
MASTER PLOT 16 SACRIFICE