In the "Twilight" Chapter-by-Chapter thread, Katana_Geldar recommended this book, saying it gave examples of various mistakes aspiring authors made, and saying it was funny as indeed it is. Since there appears to be numerous people here who want to be writers, I thought it might be interesting to go through it. NOTE: "Twilight" and "A Game of Thrones" are proof positive that following these rules are not a recipe for success; in fact, it might be a recipe for failure. Both in movies and books these days, if you want broad-based success, you often have to pander to and flatter your audience to succeed. But you need to be reasonably subtle about it. PLOT: Not Just a Bunch of Stuff that Happens. Beginnings and Set-Ups 1. The Lost Sock...wherein the plot is too slight. The example, which is too dull to transcribe, concerns whether someone has used the right small part in a factory. The authors say that the drama should be enough to carry the plot through 300 plus pages, and also should be important enough to change someone's life forever. And that it should be something of *broad* interest. They warn you not to use gripes (the romantic difficulties of short men and creepy landlords are the two examples they give) as plots, though they can be used as plot backgrounds.