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20 Master Plots And How to Build Them

At a Glance

  • An illustration of the top 20 plot types for both fiction and screenwriting
  • Analyzes successful plots and shows you how to integrate them into your own story
  • A handy plot checklist for any story you might dream up

Give your story a solid foundation - a plot that engages readers from start to finish!

The best stories linger in the hearts and minds of readers for decades. These tales gain their power through plots that connect with the audience on both an emotional and intellectual level.

In 20 Master Plots and How to Build Them, Ronald B. Tobias details these 20 time-tested plots, with each analyzed, illustrating how a successful plot integrates all the elements of a story. He also discusses how to use these plots effectively in your own work.

Tobias then goes to the next level, demonstrating how to choose and develop plot in fiction. He shows you how to craft plot for any subject matter, so that you develop your work evenly and effectively. As a result, your fiction will be more cohesive and convincing, making your story unforgettable for readers everywhere.

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Meet the Author: Ronald B. Tobias


Ronald B. Tobias has spent his career as a writer moving from genre to genre, first as a short story writer, then as an author of fiction and nonfiction books and finally as a writer and producer of documentaries for public television. He is currently a professor in the Department of Media and Theatre Arts at Montana State University.

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