Plot & Structure written by James Scott Bell was published by Writer’s Digest Books in 2004. Its power-packed 234 pages present an exhaustive look into writing great plots and giving your novel or nonfiction book structure that will drag your readers through to the last page.
James Scott Bell writes suspenseful crime fiction and thrillers. He has also authored numerous books on the craft of writing.
Plot & Structure is crammed with the basics of writing great fiction, tried and true methods Bell employs, and quotes and information from other celebrated authors and editors. Each chapter takes things step-by-step in detail. And each chapter ends with some serious exercises to help you apply the principles of that chapter.
Here are a couple of meaty quotes from the beginning pages:
Bell introduces you to his own “simple set of foundational principles” for success. It is his LOCK system. “Lock stands for Lead, Objective, Confrontation, and Knockout.”
He then explains each principle briefly:
In later chapters in Plot & Structure Bell goes into greater detail about each principle.
Plot & Structure delves into everything from what a plot is to writing killer beginnings, middles and endings. It offers premium advice on writing scenes, creating character arcs, plot systems and patterns, and plot problems (and cures).
The book ends with a detailed check list for your WIPs plotting, and a template for creating great back cover copy.
If you want an intense dig into learning about plot then Plot & Structure is for you.