The Foundation of Plot
by Elena Hartwell
August 1-31, 2022 Book Tour
Like any structure, a successful writing project requires a strong foundation. Hartwell provides would be writers with wise advice on building that foundation of plot, including the limit free writing of the creative child and the later editing of the critical eye. The practical ideas in this book apply to stories of any length and includes nonfiction, such as memoirs.
I like this book. There is a great deal of information every story writer should know. An example is the difference between story and plot. The two are not the same. Hartwell includes exercises to help understand and create the hook, the inciting incident, the build, the climax, the resolution and more. I really like her suggestions on world building. Yes, it's more than just describing the setting. Her information on the character arc with help prevent flat characters in your work. Her instructions on scene building will keep readers reading.
I highly recommend this book to any aspiring writer. Perhaps you have already written a novel or other story. This book is good for you too as you refine your writing experience.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book DetailsGenre: Nonfiction
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Elena Hartwell has spent years supporting writers and constructing stories. Her award-winning and bestselling works include the Eddie Shoes mysteries and All We Buried (written under Elena Taylor). Her plays have been seen around the US and UK, garnering critical acclaim and stellar reviews. As a developmental editor she has worked with hundreds of writers, most recently as senior editor and director of programming for the boutique editing house, Allegory Editing. She regularly teaches writing workshops and enjoys helping others achieve their writing dreams.
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