Plotting…

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Muhahahaha. I am plotting the evil you are so afraind of.

Weekends 11-14 we will be dipping our toes or whole feet into plotting. What is a plot or plotting? As a writer you should kinda know, but I amazed myself in all the things I did not know about writing while writing my books.

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Plot

Words are powerful things.

noun

a secret plan or scheme to accomplish some purpose, especially a hostile, unlawful, or evil purpose: a plot to overthrow the government.

Also called storyline. the plan, scheme, or main story of a literary or dramatic work, as a play, novel, or short story.

verb (used with object), plot·ted, plot·ting.

to plan secretly, especially something hostile or evil: to plot mutiny.

to mark on a plan, map, or chart, as the course of a ship or aircraft.

verb (used without object), plot·ted, plot·ting.

to plan or scheme secretly; form a plot; conspire.

to devise or develop a literary or dramatic plot.

to be marked or located by means of measurements or coordinates, as on plotting paper.

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So, a plot is a plan, design, an outline. In your writing, this can be the concept or an actual sketch where you map out the things that will happen. It’s about arranging all the parts to flow into a whole piece. Think of it like a puzzle. You lay out all the pieces and plan your attack. Edges first. Then by color. Maybe you are a section by section person. Either way, you get the idea.

I have been battling the plot for the book, Time Thief, that I have been working on for a while now. It is driving me nuts- which we all know is a very short trip. But I am staying with it and have a timeline I am trying to work with. How about you? Tell us what you are working on. Do you want to do a guest post? Hit me up and we can get something together for you. Use this blog as a practice space, a jumping off point. But until then…

Grab your copy of The Weekend Novelist by Robert J. Ray. I’ll meet you in the kitchen for a fresh cuppa and nibbles. I am having an amazing caramel coffee and an apple. Delicious. I have the reading rug ready for our foray into Plotting.

The Best Plot for You

It’s called a straight line for a reason. Start, middle, finish. There are a ton of different plot shapes. There is the big X, big W, figure 8, a maze- but there is nothing wrong with a clean straight line. The plot builds as the action rises in your tale. The high point hits to release all the pent-up excitement and then a down tick to end the story. This is the classic format for movies. A steady start with a build up to the pinnacle and a decline to the end. Roll credits.

Over the next few posts, we will look closer at plot structure. We will learn about scene-building, key scenes, plot insights, and problem to solution.

I crack me up.

Sounds like we have a plan, design, an outline…a plot! We have a plot for our next couple of meetings. See how I did that? Like, I circled it around to like close it off? No? Not impressed? Geesh- tough crowd.

Until next time my friends- stay safe, stay happy, and stay motivated.

Please remember that I am not trying to write this book for you word for word. I am skipping a lot of detail. I highly suggest you purchase the book and read between the lines.

Polish your sparkle and keep twirling.

Find joy. Be joy. Enjoy.

I’m always looking for new friends!

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Published by Ticia Rani

I am...interesting. I am a writer, dreamer, mom, wife, veteran, friend, villain, and the wearer of many hats, but I don't look good in hats- go figure. I LOVE TO WRITE. I want to tell stories. I want to make you laugh, cry, and scare the crap out of you, and make you ask "why the hell did you do that?" I want to make you cheer my characters on or want to shake the crap out of them for things they say and/or do. I want to bring you along for the ride. Ready? Set?...READ!!!

2 thoughts on “Plotting…

  1. mouse009 – I am a fangirl. A fangirl who likes to read and gets excited when I find something new and exciting. Let me share my finds with you! I'll be reviewing books, discussing the latest book news and chatting about nerdy stuff. Come in, have a cuppa, find a comfy seat and let's talk!
    Heather says:

    I like the “Polish your sparkle and keep twirling” . I need to do that.
    Also, graphs! Yay! 🙂

  2. mouse009 – I am a fangirl. A fangirl who likes to read and gets excited when I find something new and exciting. Let me share my finds with you! I'll be reviewing books, discussing the latest book news and chatting about nerdy stuff. Come in, have a cuppa, find a comfy seat and let's talk!
    mouse009 says:

    (I think it took my original reply? If not here it is again.) Great post! I like the graphs.

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