Resource Spotlight: Plots

Welcome to another Resource Spotlight. Once again I have two books to recommend, and once again, I am not suggesting you have to buy these or any other books to be a good writer. These resources or others like them may be available at your local library, and there are plenty of free sources of information online to aid you. That being said, let’s get down to it. The first book for today is 20 Master Plots (And How to Build Them) by Ronald B. Tobias. After several chapters defining and explaining the concept of the plot, he moves on to twenty types of plots and breaks down how they progress. This is not a book of magic formulas where you take one of the plots, throw in some characters, and out pops your story. Rather, if you have an idea to tell a story, this resource will help you categorize that … Keep reading!

A necessary framework…

All stories have a plot, a sequence of events that brings the reader from the beginning of the tale to the end. And some authors approach the plot with varying degrees of detail and planning. This post is going to be mostly a recounting of my own experience and preference with a little explanation of what I have heard other authors do. It is up to you as a writer to determine how involved your plotting needs to be, and if your current approach has not been working for you, I would suggest you give a different method a try. I would classify myself as a moderate plotter. I do not necessarily plot the entire story out at once, but I will usually outline at least three or four chapters at a time so that when I start writing I don’t have to stop at the end of one chapter … Keep reading!