Master Plot Formula

9 videos by Dean Wesley Smith on why Lester Dent's plot structure works today

Dean Wesley Smith talks about how Lester Dent’s Master Plot Formula, written in the 1930s, is so important to all writers today.

These nine videos will help you understand plotting of stories and novels and how to see the bones under a story. Lester Dent claimed that if he followed the formula, his stories always sold. All bestsellers in modern times follow this structure as well, which is why they sell so many copies.

Step-by-step, Dean will help you understand why this plot structure works and how to understand it and apply it to your own writing.

Your Instructor

Dean Wesley Smith
Dean Wesley Smith

With over twenty-three million copies of his books in print, USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith now brings you original fiction every month for the past three years in his own magazine, Smith’s Monthly.

Dean wrote over twenty-five original Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, plus Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man novels, and others. He wrote many gaming novels including Final Fantasy.

He wrote novels and stories under almost fifty pen names and did scripts for Hollywood as well as being an editor for various magazines. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch. You can follow his writing life at

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