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Wed Oct 30, 2013, 09:05 PM

Milestones to an exciting plot.

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Reply Milestones to an exciting plot. (Original post)
Agnosticsherbet Oct 2013 OP
Laura PourMeADrink Oct 2013 #1
SheilaT Nov 2013 #2
pscot Nov 2013 #3
SheilaT Nov 2013 #4
pscot Nov 2013 #5
SheilaT Nov 2013 #6

Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Wed Oct 30, 2013, 11:08 PM

1. Love that ! Reminds me about Ken Follett's

Master class in writing
http://ken-follett.com/masterclass/

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Fri Nov 1, 2013, 01:21 PM

2. Thanks.

I'm trying to write, and I cannot for the life of me seem to plot. Oh, story ideas and characters are very easy for me. So are beginnings and middles. But endings? I full plot arc? Can't seem to do it. Whether or not my actual writing is good enough that others would want to read it isn't even an issue yet, because I can't figure out an actual plot.

And I love to read. I read lots. Perhaps one of my problems is that I tend to read a lot more non-fiction than fiction, and non-fiction generally doesn't have an actual plot.

At least there are plenty of others who write stuff I want to read.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 6, 2013, 02:50 PM

3. Have you tried lifting a plot

from history? Dumas made his bones that way. And I just read one by Dennis Lehane that's based on the Boston police walkout of 1919. And it was a Shakespearian mainstay; look at all those history plays.

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Response to pscot (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 6, 2013, 03:02 PM

4. Unfortunately, I'm not writing anything normal enough to try that.

And definitely not historical novels. What I am trying to do as I read more fiction is to pay careful attention to the plot itself.

Among my several problems as a writer is I tend not to put in enough details of any kind, the stuff that makes a scene very interesting.

What I'm currently working on is an s-f novel involving temporal exchange students from ancient Rome. The basic idea is a good one (heck, most basic ideas are good) and I have most of my characters figured out, but where it should all end up is completely baffling to me. I have a number of plot threads that simply go out and out, and I somehow need to rein them in and bring everything to something that resembles a conclusion.

I'm hoping to be accepted into a novel writing workshop this coming summer that may help me a lot. Meanwhile, I think what I need most to do is keep on writing and writing and see where it takes me.

I will say, that some years ago I gave up writing because I decided that there are enough people out there writing the sort of books I like to read that the literary world will get along just fine without my contribution. But lately, I've had a strong motivation to get out the stories that are inside me.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 6, 2013, 03:18 PM

5. Imagine you're being paid by the word

Expand every notion 'til it floats of its own accord. Good luck.

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Response to pscot (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 6, 2013, 10:50 PM

6. Imagine I'm being paid by the word

and expand every notion til it floats of its own accord.

I like that.

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