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Plot II: Outlining


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Plot II: Outlining

  1. 1. Plot Part II: The Events of Your Story. Outlining
  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. Outlining • Do you have to outline? • Genre can make a difference: • Thrillers/Suspense/Mysteries usually rely more heavily on plot. • Science Fiction/Fantasy usually needs world- building. • Literary/Romance rely more heavily on character so plot might have to follow out of character.
  6. 6. Outlining • Research develops your outline. • Catch-22. • Use the pieces to make the whole. • Consider bookends (time, space, event, character). • Arc from inciting incident to climactic scene. • Use the narrative structure. • Details drive the story. • Use whatever format works for you. • Ongoing process.
  7. 7. OUTLINING •How do you organize your life? •Daily and overall?
  8. 8. Outlining • How you organize your life, is how you will organize your book. • GET IT OUT OF YOUR HEAD. • WRITE IT DOWN IN SOME FORMAT.
  9. 9. Outline (Excel Spreadsheet) Scene Protagonist Antagonist Misc. 1 Lucy on bridge Nash confronts Lucy 2 Wilder out of chopper 3 Tyler in swamp 4 Lucy with Daisy & Pepper, Nash 5 Wilder with Bryce
  10. 10. Outline (Narrative) AREA 51 • CHAPTER ONE • Scene One: Nashville; 9 Nov; 11 PM, 0400 Zulu: Kelly Reynolds (protagonist) gets a tape from a reporter saying he will infiltrate Area 51 and with a copy of a strange pilot transmission in the area. • Scene Two: Nellis Air Force Range; 9 Nov; 10 PM; 0600 Zulu: reporter infiltrating Area 51. • Scene Three: The Cube; 9 Nov; 10:30 PM; 0630 Zulu: Underground bunker with Antagonist spotting the reporter infiltrating. Refer to pending mission. • PURPOSE: Introduce protagonist, antagonist, foreshadow problem.
  11. 11. Plot • Plot is a character trying to resolve a problem. • Which entails a series of events that outline the action of a story. • The characters’ motivations drive the plot toward the climax. • Time is linear. Usually.
  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
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