Tagged with Plot

Get Destructive

Have you ever gotten stuck in the middle of your novel and don’t know what happens next? Or worse, you know exactly where the middle is supposed to lead, but it’s too boring to write it down? Or maybe you’re cruising along and you realize that things are just too easy for your protagonist, but … Continue reading

Notes for a Two-Day Get-Away

My husband had training in a city 120 miles north of our home last week, and he invited me to go with him. I didn’t attend the meeting–I sat in the hotel room and wrote. And studied the craft of writing. And read a great book (both for entertainment and to study). The result? Two … Continue reading

Sagging Middles and Ridiculous Endings

I didn’t intend to take a spring break from my blog, but sometimes you just have to give in to life once in a while. My son’s baseball games got rained out today, so I have a few moments of free time to reflect on a nasty lesson I learned over the past two weeks … Continue reading

A Peril of Plotting

I’ve admitted it before: I’m a plotter. I can’t begin writing a story without knowing all the major pieces, especially the ending. In fact, knowing the ending helps me create the right character to play the part of hero. But today I ran into a problem, and I’m fairly certain it has more to do … Continue reading

Pantsers vs. Plotters

Now that I’ve finished a fabulous series on plotting a great story, it’s time to comment on the idea of outlining. I’ve mentioned this before, but there are two types of writers in the world: those who plot out the entire story before they begin w… Continue reading

Story vs. Plot

Anna Elliott at the blog Writer Unboxed has a great article today on plot vs. story. Hop on over and give it a read. It’s got some fabulous tips for creating better plots and more moving stories. I’d like to talk a bit about what she wrote and exp… Continue reading