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Writer’s Tool Review: How to Find Your Story and Character Creation for the Plot-First Novelist by Jeff Gerke

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How to Find Your Story starts out with a great visual of internal and external plot structure which if you don't already have burned into your consciousness to the point that you can recreate it in your sleep, you would do well to print out and post in a prominent place on your writing bulletin board, the cover of your laptop, the ceiling over your bed, et cetera. This is your road map, your template, and your kick in the pants to remind you that your story needs to actually be going somewhere!

Gerke does an amazing job of walking you step-by-step through not only the elements of plot development, but theme, backdrop, antagonists, ticking bombs, character journey's and knots, and structure, structure, structure. Each element is tied into the questions on the How To Find Your Story worksheet. Again, this deceptively simple tool is a powerhouse plot generator and the instruction in the program is some of the best I've ever come across. But that's enough out of me, I've got some stories to write!

Jeff Gerke's programs can be found on his website: Where the Map Ends.

About Aurel Montgomery

  • Jeff Gerke

    Hi, Aurel; what a great review of my products. Thank you!

    You and your readers may be interested to learn that I’ve put the two together in book form, and Writers Digest Books has published it. The book is called “Plot Versus Character,” and it can be found at Amazon and in bookstores.

    Thanks again!

    Jeff

  • http://writefly.wordpress.com Aurel Montgomery

    Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for the update. I actually did stumble across your book in a bookstore quite recently, and have to say I was kinda proud and excited for you! Congrats. And again people…the book as well… highly highly recommended!