Review on a book on writing

posted 19 Nov 2010, 04:43 by Ela Lond   [ updated 8 Dec 2010, 13:20 ]
Got the How to Write a Damn Good Thriller by James N. Frey, and have read the: The secrets of clever plotting revealed, All about plot structure, Hook'em and hold'em, How to plot a damn good thriller, and Avoiding the muddle in the middle chapters. I have to say I'm not impressed and a little sad that the chapters hadn't met my expectation. I'm sure that after I read the book cover to cover, I won't be sorry that I purchase it, that I will find something useful (will let you know after I digthrough it), but it's just that those chapters for which I bought the book hadn't given me the answer that I was looking for.
In the All about plot structure and How to plot a damn good thriller, I expected more focus on the plots and examples of different structures, not examples of different movies that fit into the author's five-act-design. And I also got quite annoyed with repetition of the word combination: 'damn good thriller'.

So, I went browsing the internet and I found some lovely sites that talk about plot, the one I liked the most are:

A short articles that focuses on storytelling: http://www.experientialmarketing20.com/2009/09/02/storytelling-in-social-media-and-events/

Focuses on plot as the basic three act structure: http://www.musik-therapie.at/PederHill/Structure&Plot.htm

A short review on narrative building blocks: http://www.infoplease.com/cig/writing-well/narrative-building-blocks.html

A quick summary on plot: http://english.learnhub.com/lesson/4579-plot-structure

This one is wonderful, even though it focuses on screenplays, but those follow the same rules as other stories: http://www.screenplaymastery.com/structure.htm

And what does Wikipedia say on plot:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plot_%28narrative%29