For a long time now, Becca and I have wanted a way to acknowledge the people who have helped us develop into stronger writers and who add to the writing community as a whole. As a new feature here at The Bookshelf Muse, Becca and I will take turns giving well-deserved recognition to some of the people who really make an impact...people who truly are Writing Heroes.
Martha Alderson (AKA The Plot Whisperer)!
Martha is the complete PLOT package for writers. Not only does she have an amazing blog (Plot Whisperer for Writers and Readers) with a TON of excellent articles and resources, she is also the mastermind behind PlotWriMo (a plot-fest during the month of December), Blockbuster Plots for Writers & has a dedicated You Tube channel which looks at step-by-step planning to Plot a Novel (or screenplay, memoir, etc.) This series is so incredibly helpful for anyone looking to build strong novel structure! She tackles everything in this 27 video plot smorgasbord: thematic tension, conflict resolution, turning points, protagonist & antagonist development, setting, sub-plots and more. It is a MUST-WATCH!
Martha is E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E, running fantastic workshops on plotting, speaking at conferences and hosting incredibly helpful retreats for writers. She's also the author of The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Story Structure Any Writer Can Master, and Blockbuster Plots. She loves to teach and it shows, and she has mentored thousands of writers and screenwriters along the way. Did I mention we have the same agent? We do!
Plot Tips, too.
Thank you Martha for being one of my WRITING HEROES. So much work has gone into your websites and your vlog series...it boggles the mind. You inspire me and I appreciate all you do! :)
To pay it forward, I will give a 1000-word critique to Martha. She can then choose to keep it for herself or offer it as a giveaway on her blog, twitter, FB, etc! As a resident writing hero, she will also have a permanent link in our header.
So tell me Musers...do you know The Plot Whisperer? Has she helped you or your writing in some way? Please tell us in the comments and help celebrate this amazing WRITING HERO!