Plot grows out of character, and Conflict is the fundamental element of fiction. When considering how our Plots will unfold, we need to remember that readers demand Unity in regards to Plot, a plausible cause-and-effect development. Here are 5 Steps for Plot Development loosely based on Lamott's ABDCE's of Plot.
I'm one of Those people. Yep. I'm the guy that'll open a blast email from, say, Writer's Digest, and buy something they're advertising--thus ensuring another blast will clutter any number of inboxes. The item in question this time is a writing book (yes, another writing book) entitled: The Nighttime Novelist by Joseph Bates. This book grabbed … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: Building Initial Ideas, or, Get Thee to a Nunnery!
So many protagonists today start out as ordinary Joe's or Jane's. We're introduced to these characters in the midst of their normal life, then some inciting incident is introduced. The Conflict develops, perhaps snowballs, and the protagonist is forced to leap over each obstacle placed before them as a 100-meter hurdler. We readers are asked to … Continue reading Becoming A Storyteller: Qualities of a Hero