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Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting

Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting, by Linda George

Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting:
A Guide to Outlining a Novel
Using the Hero’s Journey & Three-Act Structure
by Linda George

Crickhollow Books • 2009
Trade Softcover • 76 pages • 5.5” x 8.5”
Writing / Reference / Instructional Guides
$14.00 • ISBN-13: 978-1-933987-03-3

“I wish Linda George had released this book back when I first started writing. This easy-to-read volume lays out the entire process, making it super simple to understand how to move from point to point, how to maintain the narrative flow, the character development, and how to keep the action moving. Fill-In-The-Blank Plotting helped break through a solid block, launching me in a new direction. Beside having a copy on my reference shelf, I will use this book as a major text for students in my English classes.” – Jeffrey O’Hare

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After years of wrestling with plots for my own novels and teaching many workshops, I devised this method for outlining a novel. It merges the classic plotting structures – the Hero’s Journey and the Three-Act Structure.

In this book, I show my plotting boards. This approach starts with the twelve steps of the Hero’s Journey, and then fits those episodes into the familiar Three-Act Structure. The powerful method includes tips to help you create effective scenes, track sub-plots and character appearances, and easily create a synopsis.

It’s short (at 76) but simple and easy to follow and use in your own fiction, as a good book of advice for writers should be!

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