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Review: The Plot Thickens by Noah Lukeman

“As a literary agent, Noah Lukeman hears thousands of book pitches a year. Often the stories sound great in concept, but never live up to their potential on the page. Lukeman shows beginning and advanced writers how to implement the fundamentals of successful plot development, such as character building and heightened suspense and conflict. Writers will find it impossible to walk away from this invaluable guide—a veritable fiction-writing workshop—without boundless new ideas.”

What I thought:

It’s double review day, friends! I’ve got an erotic romance coming up later, but for now I’ve got a book on writing for you 🙂

The Plot Thickens was useful and I definitely took some notes, but as you may know by now I like my theory books funny, and this wasn’t that. It actually reminded me a little bit of that one teacher everyone had who has great info but who isn’t a great speaker. I learnt, but it was a little dry for me. Which is a shame since I really liked The First Five Pages by the same author.

One of the chief functions of multidimensionality is to make a work more realistic, to make it easier for us to relate to the person. It is hard for us to relate to the perfect man. But throw a few faults in, and he becomes more like us.

Having said that, this is great if you need help getting into your characters’ heads. It lists loads of questions you could be asking to either figure them out completely or just to fill in the gaps.

There is some magical element in storytelling, something mysterious that we’ll never label. It is the most powerful form of human creation. It is thought on the page, and few things of this Earth are more powerful than thought.

It all lies before you on the blank page. From your mind to your hands to the keys. Nothing is stopping you from changing the world.

I do feel like it was mostly centred around character creation and development, so if you want help with either of those you’ll find this useful.


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