Book Review: Plot & Structure

Plot & Structure:
Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot that Grips Readers from Start to Finish

James Scott Bell




Craft an Engaging Plot.  How does plot influence story structure? What’s the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that’s gone off course?

With “Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure,” you’ll discover the answers to these questions and more. Award-winning author James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot, including:

Techniques for crafting strong beginnings, middles, and ends
Easy-to-understand plotting diagrams and charts
Brainstorming techniques for original plot ideas
Thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter
Story structure models and methods for all genres
Tips and tools for correcting common plot problems
Filled with plot examples from popular novels, comprehensive checklists, and practical hands-on guidance, “Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure” gives you the skills you need to approach plot and structure like an experienced pro.




Marissa Meyer recommended this book on her blog recently, and I thought if she recommended it, it was worth a read.  I felt it was a fabulous “craft” book, and I underlined a lot of points that I know I will come back to.  I see this as a great reference book that I will use when I’m both writing and editing.  It was both easy to read and engaging.




I would recommend this to any writer.  It’s a great review on all things related to plot.




5 of 5 stars.

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