Review: Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots, by William Wallace Cook.


Plotto: The Master Book of All PlotsPlotto: The Master Book of All Plots by William Wallace Cook My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This classic story structure how-to (first published in 1928) is, at the least, a fascinating insight into one prolific writer's creative process. Originality, Cook insists, is the aim of his method and so the "plot suggestions", which make up the majority of this book, are meant as prods to the imagination, rather than to be used literally. The complex notation is likely to seem too cold or calculating for many, but there can be no denying that Cook understands the importance of conflict in story and how to create it.

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