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

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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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Fix Your Writing Habits — Plot A Month W3D6: Plot Mapping With ...

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…

The Weekend Novelist by Robert J. Ray

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

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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.

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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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