Plotting (non-fiction)

Plotting (non-fiction)

Infobox Book
name = Plotting: How to Have a Brain Child

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author = Jack Woodford
subject = Plots (drama, fiction)
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publisher = Carlyle House
pub_date = 1939
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pages =
isbn =
oclc = 1488302
preceded_by = Trial and Error
followed_by =

"Plotting" is a book by Jack Woodford. Initially published as "Plotting - How to Have a Brain Child" in 1939, the book was re-issued with the title "Plotting" in 1948. A sequel of sorts to Woodford’s popular "Trial and Error," "Plotting" details numerous methods of creating plots for short stories, novels, and other works of fiction.

From Chapter 1, Why Plot?

“There is only one reason for plotting a short story, play, novel, or radio program: Let’s face it. We plot them because the general public demands that we do so.”

Table of Contents

* Why Plot?
* Conception—Basic Plot Situations
* Psychosis in Plot
* The A B C of Plotting
* Crisis in Plot – Bearing Down Pains
* Not Plot – Plotting versus Incident
* The Head Man in Plot
* Formulae Formula in Plot
* Plot and the Dual Writing Mind
* Personal Prejudice in Plot
* She in Plot
* Individuality in Plot
* Atmospheric Plots
* Theme in Plot – A Bow to Authority
* Plotting – With Feeling
* Plot Material Sources
* Plots from Characters
* Plotting for Climaxes
* Plotting With Mirrors – Building Backwards
* Plotting for Reaction
* Psychoanalysis in Plot
* The Perfect Plot
* The Chinese Method in Plotting
* Plot with a Floy, Floy
* Plotting the Novel – Bearing Quintuplets – First Stage
* Plotting the Novel – Bearing Quintuplets – Second Stage
* Plotting for the Motion Pictures
* Plotting for Fun – Comedy in Plot
* Plot for Newspaper Men
* A Word to Master Craftsmen
* Denouement

* Appendix A – The Motion Picture Synopsis
* Appendix B – The Motion Picture Treatment
* Appendix C – The Complete Motion Picture Story

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