The Plot Skeleton: a practical, bare boned approach that works for children’s books, short stories, novels, screenplays, and storytellers (Writing Lessons from the Front) (Volume 1)

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If you were sitting in a room with twenty other people, at first glance you might think they are quite different. After all, people come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. But if you were to put on x-ray glasses and look at those same people's skeletons, unless one of them had an abnormality, they would appear almost identical. In the same way, short stories, novels, screen plays, children's books, and epic poetry may appear to be vastly different, but they all tell stories. And because they do, unless they have an abnormality, they have the same skeleton–the same structure supporting the story. Veteran novelist and teacher Angela Hunt explains how to structure a story–any story–in simple terms, carefully illustrating all you need to know in order to craft a wonderful novel, screenplay, children's book, or epic poem of your own. These lessons, Hunt says, "are brief for a reason—I don’t want you to spend most of your time reading how-to books. I will give you what you need so you can put what you’ve learned into practice. That’s the best way to improve." Enjoy this writing lesson for a fraction of the cost of attending one of Angela's writing classes–your writing will never be the same.

Product Details

  • Series: Writing Lessons from the Front
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hunthaven Press; 1 edition (June 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615834086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615834085
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Wow! Learned more in 29 pages of this book than I did in 4 years of college English

22 people found this helpful.
 on June 23, 2013
By Nick Vulich
For a short book – I think it took me twenty minutes to read it, I learned more about writing that I did in four years of college. Paging back through the book, I bet I highlighted over thirty passages.

Surprised to be delighted

7 people found this helpful.
 on August 1, 2014
By M. Bostick
Initially I was a little taken aback. I had failed to catch that the book wasn’t some 200-page how-to (not paying enough attention to detail, I guess). So when I saw what looked like a pamphlet, I was skeptical. So much so that the book sat on my counter for several days while I sulked.

Gave my project good bones:)

8 people found this helpful.
 on July 1, 2013
By Jennifer Arrington
Usually when I read books on writing, I get so bogged down that I set them aside. This book, however, is a wealth of practicality that lends itself towards instant application. I was able to take my current project and sketch out a plot skeleton almost immediately. This has given me a simple visual that I can refer to easily and with confidence.

A good, bare-bones [*snort*] approach to plotting out your novel

One person found this helpful.
 on May 22, 2014
By Anna Erishkigal
This book is brief (around 45 pages?), with no excess meat, cartilage, muscle fat or skin. Why … it’s a plot skeleton! And Mr. Bones will help you rattle your way through figuring out what the HECK you’re supposed to be writing about in as short a period of possible, with no extraneous cellulite or fat rolls.

Angela Hunt has shared her knowledge of plotting in this delightful little book.

3 people found this helpful.
 on July 20, 2014
By Book Lover in NE LA
Angela Hunt has shared her knowledge of plotting in this delightful little book. It’s an easy read – it can be read in two hours or less and you get a basic knowledge of how to plotting by determining what the protagonist, antagonist and the other supporting characters want. If you’re struggling to plot your story, I highly recommend Angela’s book.

Best Plotting Book I’ve read

4 people found this helpful.
 on July 22, 2013
By Barbara Whittington
Kudos to Angela Hunt. She’s created the best book on plotting that I’ve read. I’m on my second novel and because of the tools offered in this book, I can see where my story problems exist. I can’t wait to sit down and get started – again. Thanks Angela. I look forward to reading more from you.

A bit "fleshed-out" for a Skeleton

3 people found this helpful.
 on September 22, 2013
By Rebekah Scott de Moratinos
The plot skeleton is a great little trick for getting your thoughts in order before you sit down to write a story. Angela Hunt describes it clearly and well.

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