Monday, November 14, 2011

Plot Check

Hey, all! Hope everyone who's writing for NaNo is moving along swimmingly. So far, I have 10K words, which isn't near where I was this time last year, but I'm not stressing.

In addition to the 10K words, I have a pretty decent logline and I just wrote out all my scenes on index cards so I can move them around if necessary. In between writing and daily duties, I'm reading James Scott Bell's Plot and Structure. It's excellent. I've been putting the exercises to good use.

Here are a few questions I found helpful ...

1. My lead is a ______ and his/her objective is ______.
2. He/She is confronted by ______ who opposes him/her because ________.
3. The ending will be a knockout because _________.

Hopefully, these will help you if your plugging away like I am.

Have you read Plot and Structure? How's your WIP coming along? Anything to share?

18 comments:

LM Preston said...

Since I'm off to a late start - have to finish my outline you know. But having a plot check when speed writing helps.

Kittie Howard said...

Thanks, PK. The plot check really is helpful. Good luck with NaNo!

L'Aussie said...

Hi Pk: Thanks for the diversion. I'm nudging 20,000 which is below the target but I've chosen a very involved setting which needs a lot of research (Afghanistan). As a pantser I've really just stopped to tighten up an outline and my characters now and working out the structure. As I write in scenes too it doesn't really matter.

Haven't read Plot and Structure but sounds like I should! Thanks for recommendation.

Denise

Jess said...

Love the plot-points-on-notecard idea! I have some serious plot timeline issues to figure out, so that's something I'm going to try in order to shuffle events around!

Madeline Bartos said...

10k is great, go you! You're definitely trucking your way through the demented days of November. ;) I've never read Plot and Structure, but I'll definitely have to read it after how many great things I have heard.

Sarah Pearson said...

I've never read this book but I've heard a lot of good things about it.

Old Kitty said...

I say if it works for you then go for it!!! And hey your 10k words is like 9,999 more than me! So good for you! :-)

Thanks for the tips too btw!! Good luck with your wip!! Take care
x

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Pleased you're doing well. Keep up the good work.
Yvonne.

DM said...

I love the last question. Would take some thinking to come up with the perfect answer - a goal setter question.

Stephen Tremp said...

I recently posted about developing character journals. These help document and organize their personalities, characteristics, and quirks and help from characters being too much alike.

DL Hammons said...

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LynNerd said...

You're doing way better than me as far as the NaNo word count. I'm not stressing either. Just happy to be making progress.

I haven't read all of Plot and Structure yet. I'm still reading it, but it's excellent!

Paul Tobin said...

Interesting post. I feel I'm walking a changing line when writing, most of the time I have an idea of where I want to go, but getting there..It's a balancing act between character and plot. I liked the way you concisely focus this.

Carol Kilgore said...

Yes, Plot and Structure is on my shelf in easy reaching distance :)

You're moving right along.

Catherine Stine said...

Ooh, never thought of doing a fill-in-the-blank writing exercise. Good idea. And best of luck with nano.

Stacy Henrie said...

I haven't read this one, but I like those questions. For my WIP I used the outline from Save the Cat. I like watching movies so this script tool, which can be used for novel plotting, worked great for me.

Elizabeth said...

Love your side panels.

Great blog.

NEW FOLLOWER

Elizabeth

http://silversolara.blogspot.com

The Happy Whisk said...

I've used index cards before and they were fun. Happy Writing.