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    Are there any full plots that can be downloaded

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by Magnatolia, Mar 5, 2014.

    Hi all,

    For books that have been published, are there any that offer full plot outlines that they used? I know some authors write books and use the book to teach the craft of writing. Just wondering if anyone's done anything similar for the plot of the stories?

    Thanks!
     
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    I'm not sure what you're asking about here. Do you want somebody elses plot? Or a method to create your own? There are several how-to-books that teach that. If you don't want to buy them you could also learn by studying published novels to see how they do.
     
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    I mean I want inspiration, to see how a published, successful book was plotted. To help me get more understanding about plotting. I have purchased a few plotting books tonight, hoping they also have a few good examples.
     
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    Eh...Take any well-known book in existence, type it into Wikipedia and go to the "plot" section. It'll summarize what happened. Simples.
     
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    you seem to want the author's own notes, not a plot summary of the already published novel... i don't know of any authors who have made their development notes/outlines available to the public... nor why any would want to...
     
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    I think you're looking for the writer's "magic", the part that happens in his head. I doubt if you'll find anything. Even if someone made notes every step of the way, it's going to be "Hmm, my characters are gathered in the abandoned mental hospital ... they could ... no ... or ... no ... aha! That's what they'll do." {starts typing}
     
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    @mammamaia - I was meaning more that someone offered even a small part of their notes, charts etc they used. I recall JK Rowling did this showing how she kept the different sub-plots together.

    @Bryan Romer - haha I definitely don't want the thoughts going through his head. I know there's a book, I can't recall the name, but he wrote the book as a way of helping authors. I haven't had a chance to read it but it has lots of information on writing in the second half.
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monomyth

    This is what Star Wars was based on and is pretty much the standard plot for any fantasy story out there.
     

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