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A writer by night, by day I help other writers achieve their dreams of completing a worthy project. Let ~The Plot Whisperer~ show you the way!


Background Information

As a young girl, I found "happily ever afters" boring, an unfit ending for the elaborate stories I imagined. Were those hours of daydreaming in my tree house in Northern California the start of my writers journey to understanding plot? Possibly, though it took years and an act of magic before I ever actually wrote one of my stories down on paper. Language came late for me. And what could be better for a child born without language than a mother gifted in art? Nonverbal well beyond all developmental terms, I relied on my mother's favorite past time of doodling. She doodled while talking on the telephone, listening to the radio, waiting for doctor's appointments and dentist visits, during piano lessons and church choir practices. Her words, like everyone else's were mostly a jumbled mass of meaningless chatter, but her pictures conveyed her message. Today, that speechless child now dabbles in words. I paint and sketch and draw out plots and scenes and characterizations. Both when writing and reading, as the words create pictures in my mind, I am sent back to the days of sitting beside my mother listening carefully to her words while watching her meaning unfold beneath pen on paper, that magic she called doodling. Years of speech therapy finally taught me to speak so that others besides just my mother could understand me. However, to unjumble the mess dyslexia made for me with expressive language, verbal and written, I had to first complete college, earn all kinds of degrees and work one-on-one with hundreds of children. Fifteen years ago, I sold my speech, language, and learning disability clinic and, by chance, offered to organize the research my father and mother had uncovered about a famous family ancestor - Commodore Robert Field Stockton. I still remember the day that Robert, or Bobby, his horse and buggy out of control racing down Stockton Street in 1809 Princeton, New Jersey, headed straight off the computer screen and into my life. The joy of that creative magic continues to thrill me today. Having taken twelve years to truly grasp the elusive concept of plot and use it effectively in my own works of fiction, I now find joy in sharing with writers of all ages what I have learned about plot. My work to help writers find the structure to their stories continues through my DVDs and book, BLOCKBUSTER PLOTS Pure & Simple. In the DVDs and the book, I present step-by-step strategies that demystify the structure of story. Whether a writer of novels, screenplays, memoirs, short stories or creative non-fiction, everyone benefits from a visual representation of the scenes and plot of his or her project.

Accomplishments

* Master of Arts
* Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
* Bachelor of Arts, Speech Pathology California Teachers Credential in Special education
* Certificate of Clinical Competence/Awarded by the American Speech and Hearing Association
* Licensed by the California Medical Board of Examiners

AWARDS

* Search for a Best Seller Contest
* Southwest Writers Workshop
* Pacific Northwest Writers Conference Literary Contest
* William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition
* Writer's Network 4th Annual Fiction Contest
* The Heekin Group Contest
* Jack London Writing Contest

* 2005 California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners nominee for "her outstanding contribution in developing and providing annual Young Writers Workshops for children and youth in Los Gatos for the past five years, and extending the program to the children and youth of the Santa Clara County Children's Shelter."
"The astonished look of accomplishment on the kid's faces is a wonderful testament of your gift to teach. We are forever grateful for the time you shared and are anxiously awaiting your next visit. The Children's Shelter is a temporary placement facility for abused, neglected and abandoned children. Thanks again for making a difference in the lives of our children." Mark Forrest, Recreation Director.

Additional Information

Non-Fiction WRITING CREDITS * BLOCKBUSTER PLOTS Pure & Simple ISBN1-877809-19-5 * Writers Digest Magazine * The Bulletin; Voice of the California Writers Club -- ongoing PLOT column * Romance Writers of Australia * Writersstore.com * Blockbusterplots.com -- ongoing PLOT tips eZine * Bay Area PARENT * Bay Area HOMESTYLE, managing editor As an international plot consultant for writers, I help best-selling authors of: Children's and Adult Fiction Screenwriters Writing teachers Fiction Editors I can help you, too, with plot.

Contact Information
Blockbuster Plots
708 Blossom Hill Rd. Ste146 
Los Gatos CA 95032   USA
Contact Author: Martha Alderson


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