On my quest to conquer plotting...read yet another book.
It's a bit drawn out and repetitive, but really drilling down to the minute steps of crafting a story, from idea to concept to premise to character to theme to structure to everything in between, beating each element into your head with repetitions and examples, and some more repetitions and examples, AND SOME MORE repetitions and examples. If you learn best by repetition, this will be perfect for you. However, I wouldn't recommend reading this book if you don't understand plotting. Many references to plot points are explained somewhat ambivalently (it can be this, but it can also be this) and might not make sense to you. Overall, some nuggets were brilliant, like the differences between the idea, the concept, and the premise. Or the mission of a scene. The rest dragged for me, but then again, I'm impatient.