In my previous post on plot, I was very open about my sloppy approach to writing. As a matter of coincidence, Twitter delivered two fabulous article links that deal with plot development.
I loved both of these articles. I’ve been doing my best not to turn my site into nothing but recommended link after recommended link, but I just have to put these out there, especially considering my own lack of expertise in this area.
First up is a link to the first of three articles that author Laini Taylor wrote dealing with plot. In this article Part 1: What is Plot? she tackles very quickly the nature of plot and also discusses the difference between narration and dramatisation and how each can be useful. Do yourself a favour and continue on to Part 2: Character, Motivation, and Conflict & Part 3: Structure. Though I’m sure you’ll be hooked just as I was.
Secondly, I’m sending you over to Plotting Made Easy – The Complications Worksheet. This article is written by Martina Boone. Two things I really liked about this article 1)The structure reminds me a bit about the Hero’s Journey, which I talked about just the other day 2)It really is an uncomplicated checklist of items to help guide and inspire.
The other thing I love about these articles is that the authors sound like they started where I am, lacking the clearest of plans. They have gone through trial and error and come out with these ideas. I’m giving them a very close look and thought I would pass along. Hope it helps me and you 🙂