Plotto: The Master Book Of All Plots by William CookPlotto: The Master Book Of All Plots by William Cook

Plotto: The Master Book Of All Plots

byWilliam CookForeword byPaul Collins

Paperback | May 30, 2017

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In the 1920s, dime store novelist William Wallace Cook painstakingly diagramed and cataloged his personal writing method—“Purpose, opposed by Obstacle, yields Conflict”—for the instruction and illumination of his fellow authors. His effort resulted in an astonishing 1,462 plot scenarios, and Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots was born. A how-to manual for plot, hailed by the Boston Globe as “First aid to troubled riters,” Plotto influenced Erle Stanley Gardner, author of the Perry Mason books, and a young Alfred Hitchcock.

At first glance, Plotto operates with a machinelike logic, but from its endless amalgamations writers will find inspiration for narratives with limitless possibility. Open the book to any page to find plots you may never have known existed--from morose cannibals to gun-wielding preachers to phantom automobiles.

Equal parts reference guide and historical oddity, Plotto is sure to amaze and delight writers for another hundred years.
Paul Collins is a writer specializing in history, memoir, and unusual antiquarian literature. His nine books have been translated into eleven languages, and include Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books (2003) and The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars (2011). Collins lives ...
Title:Plotto: The Master Book Of All PlotsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.51 × 5.55 × 1.27 inPublished:May 30, 2017Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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Editorial Reviews

Plotto has just been reissued for the edification of novelists everywhere. — NPR

Plotto is a reference guide that is at once dense, artful, and hilarious. — Brainpickings

"A freaky plot museum containing every twist under the sun." — Chris Baty, Founder of NanoWriMo and author of NO PLOT? NO PROBLEM