As you're preparing for your time at a writers' conference, take a moment to consider the 5 C's of your Novel Pitch!
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.
Drama is life with the dull parts taken out. -Alfred Hitchcock This post's information comes to you via the works and words of one James Scott Bell, an author of numerous thrillers and books on writing craft, including Conflict & Suspense. James Scott Bell contributes regularly to Writer's Digest, is an active teacher at writing … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: Creating Conflict, or, Do I Have a Green Thumb for Fiction?
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!