Plotting Your Story Arc Workbook for Fiction Writers, Plotters and Pantsers by Nancy Brophy is a hands-on resourceful book for aspiring authors who want help figuring out their characters, understanding external verses internal arcs, and creating a timeline for their story’s turning points. This book has 130+ pages of resources and tips to help authors save time by working on these topics at the start of their stories.
I know enough about the subject matter to notice that the author blended pieces of writing principles from a wide variety of successful how-do authors to create her own format to help shape-up stories. What sets this book apart from other writing books are the 40+ worksheets, checklists, and reminders to keep writers on track. I appreciate that the author uses one of her own novels, Hell on the Heart, to illustrate her points. It was smart of the author to do that because I got just enough of her novel that I had to add it to my must-read list of books.
This is a great debut non-fiction writing resource book by Nancy Brophy and I hope this workbook helps many present and future authors create amazing stories for me to read.
Struggling to finish your book? Do you bog down in the middle only to start a new story? Getting vague rejections? Can’t remember details from one story in a series to another? Is your story missing something? THIS IS THE WORKBOOK FOR YOU! Easy to follow: Diagrams, Fill-in-the-blank, Suggestions, Ideas, Checklists, and Grids. Whether you are a plotter or pantser (one who writes by the seat of their pants), this workbook can help you organize your thoughts into a cohesive story. Topics include: Redeeming Your Antagonist, Why We Write, Making Your Hero Heroic, Today’s Heroine is not Cinderella, The Importance of Location, Dialogue, Adding Dimension to Your Characters, Action Verbs and the Rules of Fiction Writing to name a few.