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Advanced Plotting

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Advanced Plotting is designed for the intermediate and advanced writer: you've finished a few manuscripts, read books and articles on writing, taken some classes, attended conferences. But you still struggle with plot, or suspect that your plotting needs work.

This book can help.

The Plot Outline Exercise is designed to help a writer work with a completed manuscript to identify and fix plot weaknesses. It can also be used to help flesh out an outline. Additional articles address specific plot challenges, such as getting off to a fast start, propping up a sagging middle, building to a climax, and improving your pacing. Guest authors share advice from their own years of experience.

Read the book straight through, study the index to find help with your current problem, or dip in and out randomly - however you use this book, you'll find fascinating insights and detailed tips to help you build a stronger plot and become a better writer.

Chris Eboch writes fiction and nonfiction for all ages, with 20 traditionally published books for children. She shares 20 years of experience as a writer and writing teacher in Advanced Plotting.

Praise for Chris Eboch's Workshops:

You were generous with your attention to our writing needs, and you shared so much of your wisdom with us.

Your workshop was the one I got the most useful information from. It was quite informative and introduced me to several trains of thought that were new to me.

Thank you for putting together such a helpful workshop. Of the entire weekend, I think I learned the most from listening to you.

I loved your thoughts on pacing, cliffhangers, etc. You certainly added to my positive experience!

Your class was my favorite. You gave us very specific things we could incorporate into our own work.

I love the handouts, and the presentation itself was great, too. Very balanced and thoughtful and interesting throughout.

Thank you for your session on plotting. I found it to be the most informative and helpful hour I spent at the conference.

I think everyone, both veterans and newcomers, really enjoyed the exercises.

Praise for Advanced Plotting:

This really is helping me a lot. It's written beautifully and to-the-point. The essays really help you zero in on your own problems in your manuscript. The Plot Outline Exercise is a great tool!

I just read and - dissected - your well written book: Advanced Plotting. It's now highlighted in bright orange and littered with many of those little 3M sticky labels. GOOD JOB. There are too many just-for-beginners books out there. Yours was a delight.

Chris's novels for ages nine and up include The Genie's Gift, a middle eastern fantasy, The Eyes of Pharaoh, a mystery in ancient Egypt; The Well of Sacrifice, a Mayan adventure; and the Haunted series, which starts with The Ghost on the Stairs. Her book Advanced Plotting helps writers fine-tune their plots. Learn more at Chris also writes novels of suspense and romance for adults under the name Kris Bock; read excerpts at


Used availability for Chris Eboch's Advanced Plotting

Paperback Editions

July 2011 : USA Paperback

Title: Advanced Plotting
Author(s): Chris Eboch
ISBN: 1-4637-3930-3 / 978-1-4637-3930-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

December 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Advanced Plotting
Author(s): Chris Eboch
Publisher: Pig River Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA