Fourth book-a-week review: Plot and Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot that Grips Readers from Start to Finish (Write Great Fiction) by James Scott Bell
Outlining the basics of what makes a good plot; different plot ideas for various genres; how to increase tension, when to hold it, and when to let it go; and how to build in character development that incorporates the plot.
With some good examples and tips on story development, this book is an ideal turn-to guide. I didn’t need it by the point in my writing that I’d reached, but it certainly helped clarify a few things. Drawing on several different plotting methods it highlights where to place the pivotal moments in your story to split it up into acts, something without which a book falls into a rambling cycle of events.