A good plot is the key to any story. But developing that plot is not as easy as it may seem.
Noah Lukeman’s 2003 book, The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways To Bring Fiction To Life is a writer’s practical guide to creating and building up the plot.
Mr. Lukeman starts the first two chapters of book with writing exorcizes. He asks the writer questions about the characters inner and outer life. He then follows up with chapters that speak of creating suspense within the story and following the characters on their journey.
What I liked about this book is that the advice is practical. Regardless of the skill level or experience of the writer, we all could all use a little help every now and then.
I recommend it.