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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 1 edition (April 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582970629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582970622
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.3 x 22.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 24 2004
Format: Paperback
First, this book is mainly about PROCESS - which is very good and practical - but also has a lot of good information on fiction writing in general.
This book is for you if you're writing a story with a complex plot (such as political or technological thrillers), many storylines/subplots, and/or lots of characters. In other words, if you have a lot to keep track of, this is a good method that will keep your novel organized and on track.
However, if your storyline is more straightforward, contains just one subplot or none at all, and/or focuses on just a few central characters, this method requires far too much "record-keeping" (or what I call "the writing before the writing"). For these kinds of novels, I recommend the streamlined method in "You Can Write a Novel" by James V. Smith, Jr. instead.
As I said, it's a good book, but its usefulness depends very much on the kind of novel you're trying to write.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "guitarlax84" on Aug. 1 2003
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Except for a couple of points, this book does not tell an aspiring writer anything they shouldn't already know. I recommend this: instead of shelling out the fifteen bucks or so for this waste of time, spend it on novels of Hemingway, Steinbeck, Thoreau, or even guys like King, Crichton, or Clancy. If you read a lot (and if you want to write, you should) you'll learn almost everything you need to know. Except for an occasional grammar error, this book presented me with absolutely nothing I didn't already know or needed to know. What's worse is that it makes writing TOO formulaic. This book simply takes what makes writing worthwile out of the art and makes it into something that any average joe can do. It's okay to plan your plot sequentially and such, but this book preaches writing by following a step-by-step guide. I'm sorry, but if you think that's the only way you can write, you shouldn't be writing...not fiction at least. Instead, try writing technical manuals or business guides. This book will just have you churning out repetitive, uncreative, mechanical, BORING slop.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15 2004
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I agree that it's silly to reduce novel-writing to a 16-step plan. But for those of you who (like me) have run out of story 100 pages into a manuscript, there is some good, concrete advice here about plotting commercial fiction. The author's points about conflict, sub-plots, plot surprises, and story proportions are interesting, and rare in a writing how-to book.
Will it turn anyone into a novelist? I doubt it, but it might help you think through your next book more completely before you sit down to write it, and that might help you finish it.
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By Carol Salway on July 15 2014
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on Feb. 17 2003
Format: Paperback
As a books-on-writing junkie, I have to say that I had high hopes for the Marshall Plan. Although there are general plot structures, the so-called scene-by-scene blueprint presented in the Marshall Plan is convoluted and confusing. If you're serious about getting published I would recommend "Novelists Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes (Novelists Essentials) and "Fiction First Aid: Instant Remedies for Novels, Stories, and Scripts" by Raymond Obstfeld. Mr. Obstfeld's approach is much more realistic and comprehensive. Using Mr. Obstfeld's suggestions, I'm well on my way to completing and submitting my manuscript.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 2 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a book for people who just want to write a novel for money or to say they had written one. It isn't for writers with a real passion for the story they are telling or the characters in it. It is too rigid a formula to yield great work.
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I honestly do not have the time to write a complete review of this book. I see though, that reviews are either completely positive or negative for it. That, I do not think is a bad thing, as the book targets a very specific area for your writing. This is not necessarily a complete guide to novel-writing.
What Marshall does is stress the importance of cause and effect in your writing and outlines. This may seem obvious, but alas, it isn't. Some amateur writers try to push their plots along just by their own sheer will, and they never quite gel. In this book the author shows you many techniques via examples and worksheets (yes even in the actual book, not the workbook) on how to make your plot flow logically.
Also covered in much the same way are relationships between characters. How do people manage to meet to wind their way through the plot in the first place? In this area especially is practical instruction on how to keep your novel from being bogged down with side character issues.
Suffice it to say, I enjoyed the approach. Even if you don't subscribe to the larger concepts it will help dead areas in a plot you already have, as well as ones waiting to be created.
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This book is great if you want to write a cookie-cutter thriller/mystery/romance novel. If you actually want to write an "original" book, and simply need a little help getting started on your monumental opus, check out "How To Write And Sell Your Novel... Handbook For The Beginning Novelist," by R. Karl Largent. Though it also refers to writing commerical fiction, I found it to give much better general advice on bridging the gap between the ideas in your head and a book that consists of tens of thousands of words.
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