Plot Part I: Research and Narrative Questions

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  • Ever get lost halfway through your book?
  • Example of lack of Area Study--Blood Lesson
  • Example of lack of Area Study--Blood Lesson
  • Some of the questions asked in the CARVER
  • Plot Part I: Research and Narrative Questions

    1. 1. Plot Part I: The Events of Your Story. Narrative Questions, Book Dissection
    2. 2. The Foundation: One Sentence Idea •Can you state the original idea for your book in 25 words or less? •Have you written it down? •Does it bring an emotional reaction? •Good writing and strong characters are key.
    3. 3. Have You Filled Out Your Conflict Box? Do You Have Conflict Lock? Protagonist Conflict Protagonist Goal Antagonist Goal Antagonist Conflict
    4. 4. The Craft Of Writing •You start with an Original Idea. •You figure out your protagonist, antagonist, and core conflict (conflict lock.) •Remember to stay open-minded to possibilities. •So now you . . .
    5. 5. Research •Research your characters. •Research your setting (place & time). •Research your plot. •Research produces possibilities.
    6. 6. Research •The Special Forces Area Study. •The CARVER formula. • Criticality • Accessibility • Recoverability • Vulnerability • Effect • Recuperability
    7. 7. Narrative Questions: Characters •Who is my protagonist? What is his goal? What is his motivation for achieving that goal? •Who is my antagonist? What is his goal? What is his motivation for achieving that goal? •How does this bring them into conflict? •Does my story collapse if I remove the antagonist? •If I remove my protagonist, what happens? What is at stake?
    8. 8. Narrative Questions: Theme •What is my intent? •What tone do I want to achieve in my story? •What will be my resolution?
    9. 9. Narrative Questions: Plot •What point of view will tell the story best? •What will be my setting? (Time and place) •What are the pieces of my narrative structure? •What is the climactic scene that the entire book is driving toward
    10. 10. Book Dissection • Many successful novelists do what people in any business do. • They study those who have been successful. • Find books like what you want to write. • Break them down and analyze them. • What worked? • What didn’t work?
    11. 11. Book Dissection • It’s been done before. • Learn from the experts. • Everything in a story is done for a purpose. • Read first and breakout novels. • Do a scene break down, focusing on purpose. • Do the story break down, focusing on narrative structure. • How are you going to be different?
    12. 12. Original Idea Conflict the Fuel of Your Story and the Conflict Box Plot I: Research and Narrative Questions Plot II: Outlining Plot III: Narrative Structure Character Point of View Write It Forward: From Writer to Bestselling Author Writers Conference Guide (Free eBook) Three P’s: Platform, Product, Promotion Writers’ Block and Rewriting How to Write the Query/Synopsis Planning for NaNoWriMo Success Bob Mayer’s Workshops, Seminars & Presentations Your Creative Process: How You Write The Present and Future of Publishing for Writers Writers Workshop and Retreat ON WRITING SLIDESHARES
    13. 13. For More Information click on covers The Writers Conference Guide Is FREE on all platforms
    14. 14. Writing Scenic Workshop •An intense, on-premises workshop focusing on idea, conflict, story and the ever- changing business of publishing. •At our house on Scenic Drive in Knoxville, TN •Most importantly, this workshop focuses on developing your creative process as a writer. •Led by Bob Mayer and his wife, Debbie. •We’ve worked with everyone from #1 NY Times best-selling authors to novices writing their first book. •Limited to four people per workshop. This workshop can also come to you if you have four interested writers. For schedule contact bob@bobmayer.com
    15. 15. Bob Mayer is a New York Times bestselling author, a graduate of West Point, a former Green Beret, grandfather to two future Leaders of the Resistance against the Machines, and feeder of two yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He’s had over seventy books published, including the #1 bestselling series Time Patrol, Area 51, Atlantis, and the Green Berets. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world (usually not the tourist spots), he now lives peacefully with his wife and his Labs. Sort of. www.bobmayer.com www.coolgus.com

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