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  • Welcome To The Presented by your Online Marketing Pros: Wi-Fi Access: CVCClientAP network Password: 3337441133 Please turn OFF all cell phones (no ringer or vibrations)
    • Learn About and Discuss the 20 Master Plots
    • Write
    • Peer-To-Peer Critique Session
    • Come Back On May 13 th for our next Write-In
    AGENDA
  • Craft Session
  • 20 Master Plots
    • Quest
      • The quest is the "search for a person, place or thing, tangible or intangible." Specifically, the main character is looking for that certain something that they expect or hope will change their life. The Quest is a character plot, a plot of the mind.
    • Adventure
      • The adventure is an action plot, a plot of the body. We are watching a person making a journey; in the adventure, our attention is on the journey. Exotic, strange, dangerous, new! A venture into the unknown, a look at the unexpected or unusual...
    • Pursuit
      • The pursuit plot is the literary version of hide-and-seek. The basic premise of the plot is simple: One person chases another. All you need is a cast of two: the pursuer and the pursued. Since this is a physical plot, the chase is more important than the people who take part in it.
  • 20 Master Plots
    • Rescue
      • The hero(ine) of the rescue plot must go out into the world, searching for someone or something, and often involves chases. It is usually a physical plot, depending heavily on action. But this is also a plot that relies heavily on three characters and the dynamic among them. The hero(ine), the antagonist, and the victim
    • Escape
      • The escape plot is physical, and as such, concentrates its energy on the mechanics of capture and escape. Escape in this plot is literal: The protagonist is confined against her will and wants to escape. This is a kind of mirror to the rescue plot--instead of waiting patiently to be rescued, here the victim is their own hero and frees themselves.
  • 20 Master Plots
    • Revenge
      • In literature the dominant motive for this plot is loud and clear: retaliation by the protagonist against the antagonist for real or imagined injury. It's a visceral plot, which means it reaches us at a deep emotional level. We bristle against injustice and we want to see it corrected. And almost always, the retaliation is outside the limits of the law.
    • The Riddle
      • A riddle is a deliberately enigmatic or ambiguous question. The answer should have both surprise and cleverness. This has evolved into the mystery. A challenge to the reader to solve the problem.
    • Rivalry
      • A rival is a person who competes for the same object or goal as another. Two people have the same goal--whether it is to win the hand of another or to conquer each other's armies or to win a chess game--and each has her own motivation. The possibilities are endless.
  • 20 Master Plots
    • Underdog
      • This plot is near and dear to our hearts because it represents the ability of the one over the many, the small over the large, the weak over the powerful, the 'stupid' over the 'smart.
    • Temptation
      • To be tempted is to be induced or persuaded to do something that is either unwise, wrong or immoral...
    • Metamorphosis
      • The point of the plot is to show the process (or failure) of transformation. Since this is a character plot, we're more concerned with the nature of the metamorph than with his actions. The metamorph represents mystery: What sin has he committed to warrant this change? What must he do to free himself from the curse? The metamorph is an innately sad person, burdened by his affliction.
  • 20 Master Plots
    • Transformation
      • The plot of transformation deals with the process of change in the protagonist as she journeys through one of the many stages of life. The plot isolates a portion of the protagonist's life that represents the period of change, moving from one significant character state to another.
    • Maturation
      • The maturation plot--the plot about growing up--is one of those strongly optimistic plots. There are lessons to learn, and those lessons may be difficult, but in the end the character becomes (or will become) a better person for it.
    • Love
      • Since we know conflict is fundamental to fiction, we also know 'Boy Meets Girl' isn't enough. It must be 'Boy Meets Girl, But...' The story hinges on the 'But...' These are the obstacles to love that keep the lovers from consummating their affair.
  • 20 Master Plots
    • Wretched Excess
      • The real tension inherent in this plot comes from convincing the readers that whatever the excess, it could happen to them, too. Which of us knows what evil lurks in the hearts of those around us? Which of us can see the fatal flaws in our behavior or the behavior of others that lets us become unglued in an instant? True horror...lies in the commonplace. ... to make horror from everyday people and everyday events strikes to the core.
  • 20 Master Plots
    • Ascension and Descension
      • Ascension stories are uplifting because they ultimately explore the positive aspects of human character. Your main character should overcome odds not just as a hero who has obstacles to conquer but as a character in the process of becoming a better person.
      • Just as the ascension plot examines the positive values of human character under stress, the descension explores the negative values of human character under stress. These are dark tales. They are tales about power and corruption and greed. The human spirit fails in its moment of crisis.
  • Want To Learn More?
  • It’s Writing Time! Wi-Fi Access: CVCAP client network Password: 3337441133 lease turn OFF all cell phones (no ringer or vibrations)
  • BREAK Congrats! You’ve made it through the first hour. Please take a moment to stretch your legs and give your eyes a break. You will come back refreshed and with improved creative circulation.
  • Back To Writing! Wi-Fi Access: CVCAP client network Password: 3337441133 lease turn OFF all cell phones (no ringer or vibrations)
  • Critiques Anyone?
    • DA RULES:
    • Read the project pages through once before critiquing
    • Ask clarification questions
    • Critique the writing, not the writer
    • Offer suggestions for improvement and/or polishing
    • Be positive in your suggestions
  • Thank You For Coming! We Welcome Your Feedback Next Write-In dates are: May 13 th and 27 th from 2pm-5pm