Writing Plots With Drama, Depth & Heart: Nail Your Novel

What keeps a reader curious? It’s the story. You might have a dazzling prose voice and plausible characters, but if they don’t do anything, the reader is likely to lose interest.

So where do you find story ideas? How do you make them into a captivating read?

What’s your personal vision? Do you know what genre you are best suited to write? What is literary fiction and how do you write that? How will you give your book depth without seeming preachy or bringing the plot to a standstill?

What are the hidden structural patterns that ply the reader’s emotions, regardless of your genre or style? How can you use them with originality? How should you begin and end? What should go in the middle? Where should you play your best twists – and what should they be? How can you write each scene so it holds the reader’s curiosity?

If you want to write a story that breaks with convention but still keeps readers riveted, how do you do it?

Whatever type of novel you want to write, this book will show you, in down-to-earth tutorials, games and brainstorming exercises.

Use it before you write and when revising, to diagnose your story’s strengths and weaknesses. If you’ve had feedback from critique partners and editors, use it to decode what’s really wrong – instead of what they think might be.

Most of all, use it to find out where you already have spellbinding plot material. Discover where your best ideas are hiding and how to tell stories with drama, depth and heart.

Get it on Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords. Print edition is available from Amazon, or you can buy a signed copy from me.


  1. #1 by Monica T. Rodriguez on December 22, 2014 - 4:07 am

    Will there

    • #2 by Monica T. Rodriguez on December 22, 2014 - 4:09 am

      Will there be a version for the Nook available?

      • #3 by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris on December 22, 2014 - 9:39 am

        Hi Monica! Yes, initially through Smashwords, and they will distribute to B&N as well. Thanks for stopping by!

        • #4 by Monica T. Rodriguez on December 22, 2014 - 11:59 am

          Great! So I can go to Smashwords for the .pub file? That how I do it? Very happy to see this book out. Sounds very helpful.

          • #5 by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris on December 22, 2014 - 5:01 pm

            I think so, Monica. You might have to wait until the actual release day or you might be able to order it right now. But there will definitely be an epub version available from them. Another place you can get an epub is Kobo, if your device is compatible with Kobo files (they’re epub too).

  2. #6 by J Rose on July 21, 2016 - 9:55 am

    I am finding this book so helpful Roz Morris. I bought it in Kindle version when I had reached the end of the line with a first draft which wasn’t telling the story I had planned for it. Along with King’s ‘On Writing’ your book is the single most precise, in depth and intricate aid to novel-creating I have read. I can safely say my book would have remained in dust-gathering mode had I not come across your website. Thank you for the work you do which has changed everything for me. I am writing again.

  3. #8 by dbsgirl on November 27, 2016 - 11:51 am

    How can I get a signed copy? My novel is off at agents’ right now, but I’m always interested in improving for the next one (!). I thought that was a magazine – is this a print magazine? Where can I sign up?? Thanks for the great site!

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