Plotto: The Classic Plot Suggestion Tool for Writers of Creative Fiction

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Have you struggled to expand your initial idea into a complete story? Plotting can be frustrating work! What if there were a tool for this very problem, so you could navigate these uncharted waters as quickly as possible? A tool that starts with what you have (a situation, perhaps, or a group of characters) and sets you on the road to new possibilities?

Plotto does all this. Created by a master of "organized creativity," William Wallace Cook (one of the most prolific writers in history), Plotto is called "The Master Book of All Plots" and has been prized by professional authors and screenwriters since its publication in 1928, and is still in demand today, with copies of the original edition selling for up to $400.

This Norton Creek Edition is an exact reproduction of Cook s original.

To keep the book down to a manageable size (300 pages of small type) while retaining its powerful features, Cook uses a telegraphic format that takes some getting used to, so working your way carefully through the introduction and its examples is the key to professional-quality results.

Because Plotto was written in the Twenties, its situations can seem old-fashioned and its terminology politically incorrect, but these problems are more apparent than real. Cook himself wrote both westerns and early classics of science fiction, so you see how replacing stagecoach with star ship or dance hall girl with male stripper are within the reach of anyone using the Plotto system, and, in fact, this kind of substitution is how the book is intended to be used, and is the key to its flexibility and enduring popularity.

Plotto has been reprinted under slightly different names over the years: "Plotto: A New Method of Plot Suggestion for Writers of Creative Fiction," "Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots," and "Plotto: The Classic Plot Suggestion Tool for Writers of Creative Fiction."

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About the Author:

William Wallace Cook's pulp fiction output was so prolific that he was called "the man who deforested Canada." He was an early adopter of many then-new technologies. He was one of the first writers to compose on a typewriter and to use card files to index an enormous collection of magazine and newspaper clippings. Plotto is an extension of Cook s passion for efficiency and method in writing.

Norton Creek Press has also published Cook s autobiography, The Fiction Factory, (which he published under the pseudonym of John Milton Edwards), which covers the first half of his writing career in detail.

Born in Michigan, at one point he moved to Arizona for his health, and the Old West ambiance he soaked up there allowed him to become a much-sought-after writer of Westerns. His interest in technology no doubt was the source of his science fiction novels, such as "A Round Trip to the Year 2000," written before SF was an established genre. And this means that it will come as no surprise that Cook wrote screenplays for early silent movies, starting in 1912 with "It All Came Out in the Wash." Cook published Plotto in 1928, towards the end of his life, making it his gift to new generations of writers.

Review:

I first heard of Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots in the late Eighties, when a technical writer friend of mine told me about it. In spite of having been out of print for 45 years, Plotto was so legendary that everyone but me seemed to know of its existence! Few had ever seen a copy, though.

Finding rare books was difficult in the pre-Internet age, but the owner of the Antiquarian Archive in Sunnyvale had (of course) heard of Plotto and managed to find a copy for me at another store for a mere $130 which was (and is) a bargain price for a nice copy of the original edition. This was the most expensive book I'd ever bought, but I was not disappointed.

I didn't know what to expect from Plotto. By working methodically through the examples in the introduction, I soon figured out how the book is meant to be used. For those who have never seen Plotto, the closest I can come is Roget s Thesaurus in its original, non-dictionary format, which is arranged to put similar concepts next to each other. If you don't find what you re looking for on the first go, you can scan the adjacent entries and often realize that what you were looking for wasn't really what you wanted anyway. Close, but no cigar, and what you really needed was within a page or two.

Plotto is like that. Sometimes you strike pay dirt right away, sometimes you have some false starts, and sometimes a "false start" suddenly clicks a while later, after you've dismissed it as unworkable. It works not by giving you ideas on a silver platter, but by bouncing ideas off you in a structured way, until one clicks.

One thing about Plotto is that it can seem simultaneously too vague and too specific. The "masterplots," which are very high-level plot descriptions, are too high-level to have much "zing" and need to be fleshed out. The main section of the book provides this fleshing-out process, and sometimes it can seem too specific.

For example it might suggest a plot having to do with hidden gold dust buried by a Forty-Niner, when you were intending to write a science fiction story!

All is not lost, since the whole point of Plotto is not to rehash old stories but to come up with new ones, and your SF story can easily accommodate a quite similar plot element, with someone who fits your future society hiding something of value. You re expected to make this kind of change, so don t let the details put you off!

I actually find the specific suggestions easier to work with than the general ones, because they seem more human somehow, and changing details is easier than making them up out of whole cloth.

Alas, my fiction-writing career has not yet propelled me on to fame and fortune (though I m proud of my SF novel, One Survivor), so I can't make any extravagant claims about Plotto s role in my success. But when it happens to you, be sure to let me know!

Keep in mind that Plotto is doubly indexed: first with the "Chinese Menu" of three columns, starting on page 12, and again by the main characters, starting on page 191. So if you're looking for an idea involving a man and his daughter, you'd look it up in the index on page 191 and be referred to the situations on page 292. Whether you start with situations or characters, Plotto is the tool for you. --Robert Plamondon

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Descrizione libro Norton Creek Press, United States, 2011. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.Have you struggled to expand your initial idea into a complete story? Plotting can be frustrating work! What if there were a tool for this very problem, so you could navigate these uncharted waters as quickly as possible? A tool that starts with what you have (a situation, perhaps, or a group of characters) and sets you on the road to new possibilities? Plotto does all this. Created by a master of organized creativity, William Wallace Cook (one of the most prolific writers in history), Plotto has been prized by professional authors and screenwriters since its publication in 1928, and is still in demand today, with copies of the original edition selling for up to $400. This Norton Creek Edition is an exact reproduction of Cook s work. To keep the book down to a manageable size (300 pages of very small type) while retaining its powerful features, Cook uses a telegraphic format that takes some getting used to. To get up to speed quickly, get Plotto s companion volume, the Plotto Instruction Booklet. This is the key to avoiding false starts and getting professional-quality results quickly. What is Plotto? Let s start by what it is not: it s not a random plot generator. There is no randomness in Plotto. Instead, Plotto is a well-indexed catalog of character situations, especially character conflicts. Each conflict has suggestions for both backstory and future developments. Plotto also has multiple indexes. For example, you can enter through the combination of characters in the conflict (such as the male protagonist and the female protagonist), the situation (needing money to get out of a scrape), or starting at the end and working backwards (becoming involved in the weird and occult and coming to a tragic end). Thus, Plotto is equally useful for plots, subplots, and backstory. Because Plotto was written in the Twenties, its situations can seem old-fashioned and its terminology politically incorrect. These problems are more apparent than real. Cook himself wrote both westerns and early classics of science fiction, so you see how replacing stagecoach with star ship or dance hall girl with male stripper are within the reach of anyone using the Plotto system. In fact, this kind of substitution is an ordinary and expected part of the Plotto system, and is essential to the fruitful use of the Plotto system, and is the key to its flexibility and enduring popularity. This Norton Creek Press edition of Plotto is an exact replica of the original edition. Visit our Web site at // for more classic reprints, including William Wallace Cook s Plotto Instruction Booklet and his autobiographical The Fiction Factory. Codice libro della libreria AAV9780981928470

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