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Only my favorite teen movie of all time.
Plot can be an overwhelming thing. The idea of knowing every last moment of your story, of making sure that you can get from A to B and then Z and back again without losing your reader or your mind is a daunting task for any writer.
Whether you’re a plotter who likes to know every step before you start or you’re a pantser who wants to dive in and feel your way though, it’s always a good idea to have some great references for those moments when you feel lost or stuck. If you don’t know where to start or you’ve gotten lost along the way, here are some great places to help you untangle the great plot knot.Dan Wells on Story Structure – This is a great YouTube playlist of a workshop on Dan’s Seven Point Story Structure. If you only check out one thing on the list, I recommend this. It’s simple but smart.Save the Cat by Blake Snyder – One of the simplest and yet powerful story structures out there. Developed for screenwriting, but equally useful for fiction. (This link includes a nice summary, but I recommend reading the book.)The Snowflake Method – If you’re looking for a more specific, step-by-step method for developing your plot, you might like this one.Aristotle’s Poetics – The classic work on story structure, the language can be a bit thick to swim through but the basic principles are still relevant today.Backwards & Forwards – This book is about play analysis, but the concepts of story purpose and audience focus are just as important to fiction writers.Dramatic Structure – If five-act structure was good enough for the great William Shakespeare, it’s good enough for anyone.The Writer’s Journey – Another screenwriting book, but one that based on Star Wars and Joseph Campbell’s monomyth theories.The Eight Sequences – Again, a screenwriting structure, this one based on old school movies that had to fit on fifteen minute reels.Michael Hauge’s Six Stage Story Structure – Yet another screenwriting method and one of my personal faves. (Check out dramatica.com for summaries of a bunch of screenwriting methods, including helpful infographics.)GMC by Deb Dixon – Character is plot and plot is character. This book explores how to use character goal, motivation, and conflict to structure your story.Chuck Wendig on Plot – (Warning: NSFW language.) A fantastic list of 25 ways to plot your novel, from moment-by-moment outline to vomit draft.
Those are my go-to references when I need a little bit of plotspiration. But there are so many books and blogs and other sources out there. Have I left out any great ones? What are your favorite plotting resources?
May 12, 2015
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ~ Toni Morrison #writingquotes
May 4, 2015
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Bye for now, London. #TLCtravels (at Thameslink Rail)