Okay, so I have this friend named Cathy Yardley, and she once wrote a writing book, but it focused on Chick Lit. Despite its being centered around a category I don't write, I still found the book extremely helpful, as Cathy is a total plotmaster/story guru.
Anyway, the most amazing chapter of said book? The one I've highlighted, dog-eared, and go back to every time I want to plot a new story or simply come to terms with where I'm at with the present one I'm writing? She blew it out into an ENTIRE BOOK!!! It's called ROCK YOUR PLOT, and it's nothing short of amazing. So awesome, I have to give it a huge shout-out, but so effective, I almost want to keep it a secret, since by reading it, legions of mediocre writers will no doubt become competition. But alas...the world needs more good books to read, so I'm duty-bound to share (plus, did I mention Cathy's a friend? Her books are always solid, totally fun reads, but I truly think this could be her ultimate breakout title, since it compresses thousands of pages of cumulative writing wisdom into one succinct, easy to read and understand volume).
The only problem with said book is that--to my knowledge--it's only available as an ebook, and I'd *really* like a print version to have, hold, and mark up like crazy. That said, the e-onliness of it has forced me to take copious notes in my journal, which will prove helpful in the long run. And who can complain about a $2.99 price tag? Especially for a quality writing book! When Random House or Penguin or whoever eventually snaps it up and brings it to your local B&N for $16.99, I'll finally get my print copy.
Hope you like it!