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Martha Alderson

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MARTHA ALDERSON is a historical novelist and international plot consultant for writers. She was born in San Francisco as a 5th generation Californian and grew up in the Bay Area in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Her new novel PARALLEL LIVES is due out 7/16.
While researching and analyzing countless award-winning novels, memoirs and screenplays always on the search for tips and tricks to improve her own writing, she was asked to share her findings through the University of California Santa Cruz extension writing program. Before long she wrote and self-published her first book
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Martha Alderson Hi Paul, Thank you! I find that creativity and imagination are fluid and come to me like my dreams -- fragmented, heavy with thematic meaning,…moreHi Paul, Thank you! I find that creativity and imagination are fluid and come to me like my dreams -- fragmented, heavy with thematic meaning, mixed-up and often tend to explode ideas like fireworks. A Plot Planner -- a visual line that helps tame the confusion -- is a great place to place my ideas when they hit. If I don't know exactly what scenes they'll translate into, I simply place the ideas in the beginning, middle or end. Key scenes that come to me, especially at key moments I call Energetic Markers, I definitely arrange accordingly. I like to do as much pre-plotting as I can before I start writing and then I enjoy the dance of writing and plotting back and forth as I write a rough draft all the way through to the end before going back and assessing what my story is truly all about. Thanks again for your question. Do you know all your plot lines before you start?(less)
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Striving always toward full integration of the logical - linear and analytical with the intuitive - creative and imaginative, I've united those parts in a lovely new website! Come visit me!

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And, a lovely new blog as part of the site.

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“plot is how the dramatic events (action) in a story change and/or transform the main character (emotion) over time in a meaningful way (theme).”
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Martha Thanks, Lisa. Hope you enjoy your visit!!


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Lisa Greetings, Martha,
Thank you for your friendship. I'll have to mosey over to your plotwhisperer site - sounds intriguing.


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Kate Hi Martha!


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