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The Art of Plotting

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The Art of Plotting

How to Add Emotion, Excitement, and Depth to Your Writing

By Linda J. Cowgill

Back Stage Books, Paperback, 9781580650700, 192pp.

Publication Date: January 8, 2008

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Description
The Art of Plottingis a complete, clear guide to creating compelling plots for film. Integrate plot, characterization, and exposition to make stories real. Learn with examples from new and classic movies examine great plots in action.
Plot must be as much about the emotions of the characters as it is about the events of the story.That's the message ofThe Art of Plotting, which teaches screenwriters how to integrate plot, characterization, and exposition to make stories compelling. Using examples from recent and classic movies, author Linda J. Cowgill demonstrates how the plot springs naturally from the characters and how that technique makes audiences connect with the story on a more intimate level. Examples includeAmerican Beauty, Shakespeare in Love, Erin Brockovich, Spider-Man, Chinatown, Jaws, and more. Easy exercises reveal common plot problems and help writers overcome them.
Clear and easy to understand and to use, The Art of Plottingshows exactly how great plotting evolves from characters caught in life-changing conflicts and how to create great plots driven by that idea.
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