PLOT THICKENS is one of the best-ever books about the craft of writing.
It is a book that can change the world of every writer who embraces
Lukeman's ideas. It is a personal gift from a master agent who truly
cares not only about the written word, but most of all, about the people
who struggle to convey ideas upon the printed page."
Lukeman works with books, he wisely asserts that the observations in
this volume are applicable to all types of imaginary writing, from film
to poetry. Indeed, it is a worthy addition to any writer’s reference
crisply written, nicely detailed examination of the art of storytelling.
Beginning writers will find plenty of practical tips and useful advice
in its pages"
PLOT THICKENS is a highly useful book that is written in an accessible
style and filled with valuable examples. I recommend this for the
aspiring novelist who needs a helpful guide to developing and creating
most difficult concept for new writers to understand. Lukeman does a
masterful job of explaining this important aspect of plot development.
His personable writing style elevates THE PLOT THICKENS from a text on
writing to a written version of the mentor you always wished you could
--The Midwest Book Review
Five Pages has been on my shelf for a few years now; I always re-read it
before I declare anything done. The Plot Thickens, with all the intense
character work, is sure to become the book I read before I start
anything. Lukeman's two titles are enjoyable to read and teach me
something every time I pick them up."
--BookSense (as reprinted in PW Daily)
those of us who have ever grappled with plot, THE PLOT THICKENS is a
godsend. It is the type of book you need to purchase so it can sit on
your desk, dog-eared and underlined, worn from years of overuse. For the
playwright, the screenwriter, the novelist, or the short-story writer,
it is more than a book on craft—it’s a tool."
can think of countless novels that would have been improved by following
THE PLOT THICKENS, which is full of practical common sense about how to
write fiction and answers many of the difficult questions first
novelists ask themselves."
--Michael Korda, Author of Queenie, The Fortune, Making the List
"In his book THE FIRST FIVE PAGES, Noah Lukeman, one of the top
literary agents in New York, gave writers a great gift. Now, in THE PLOT
THICKENS, he shows writers how to build stories in which the plot
emerges from fresh, alive, and intense characters. Both beginners and
more advanced writers will find many wonderful, thought-provoking
concepts and approaches here to help them hone their craft."
--James Frey, Author of How to Write a Damn Good Novel and The
"Brilliant. THE PLOT THICKENS literally gears a person up to
writing big-themed, deep, humorous, and varied fiction. Page for page,
Lukeman thinks more than other writing teachers, not just about writing
books, but about people."
--Carol Bly, author of Beyond the Writer's Workshop
known literary agent Noah Lukeman's THE PLOT THICKENS is different. The
book is so well written--so tight and polished--that it provides a
perfect example of its own principles. Lukeman understands, in a way
which only comes from extensive reading and editing, what makes for
excellent, not just bestselling, fiction. Treat yourself to his superbly
written reference guide."
(for The First Five Pages)
"Novice and amateur writers alike will benefit
from literary agent Lukeman’s lucid advice in this handy, inexpensive
little book. Carrying the craft of writing beyond Strunk and
White’s classic Elements of Style, this book should find a wide
audience: public libraries sponsoring writers’ groups and workshops
will want multiple copies."
the literary agent and author of the bestselling The First Five Pages,
comes a groundbreaking new book on plot development.
art of plot development has become synonymous with having a "great
idea." But a great idea is merely an abstraction without
characterization, journey, suspense, conflict, and context.
Analyzing the elements of classic storytelling, The Plot Thickens
enables beginning and advanced writers alike to consider how these
elements can combine--in many heretofore unimagined ways--to produce the
kind of plot that will make their work transcendent. A veritable
fiction-writing workshop, writers will find it impossible to walk away
from this invaluable guide without boundless new ideas.
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