Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Plot and Structure

How did I spend my first day as a writer? studying the first 100 pages of the Plot and Structure book, trying to understand the LOCK concept - Lead, Objective, Confrontation, and Knockout...
Working my way through a class on Writing for Children, Reading 3 chapter books and analyzing them against various plot systems, working my own idea through various systems...
The most valuable idea I came across was in the Suite 101 class and had to do with plotting the MC (main characters) emotional state against that characters norm and seeing if the plot took her up and down in a manner that moved toward a good rise/fall of action and a knockout ending. I discovered that my 'new' idea, the one I haven't actually written on yet, did not rise and fall as I would have liked, so I get to move my scenes around or add/delete based on that before I write. Hmmm, that's probably a good idea!


  1. Wow. This seems like a lot of work to me. I would never have been able to work through it. I just write books, articles and even had a television series and never heard of any of this. I know about a good title. And that's about it.

    Pick a Peck of Pixels

  2. What can I say, we all have our strengths and weaknesses... my strengths are dialogue and characterization, but plotting and pacing did not come as naturally ane was holding me back... You are lucky if you had it all... thanks for coming by, please come back and see how it all works out!