WHAT IS A PLOT?
It is a chain of events within a story, each of which is the result of some prior event. Nothing in a story is random, everything is cause and effect.
HOW DOES A PLOT DEVELOP?
Quite simply, things get worse. Never let the main character sit back and watch. He / She must always take action, even though every attempt to make things better, only makes it worse.
WHY SHOULD I OUTLINE ?
To be sure that tension is building and you’re not going off track. To prove to yourself that there is enough material for a book and to make the road seem a little easier to travel. To ensure that all loose ends are tied up.
THE OUTLINE WILL NOT WRITE THE BOOK FOR YOU
Outlining will not cause the creative energy to dissipate or take away the fun of writing, usually the opposite is true, as you see the story has not only a concrete beginning, middle and end but a fascinating series of events that bind it all together. Outlining can aid the creative process as one idea feeds another and another. But you still have to sit down and make the action come to life.
WHAT FORM DOES AN OUTLINE TAKE?
Whether chapter by chapter or complication to complication, point form or paragraph, it should flow from beginning to end in a logical fashion.
NOTHING IS WRITTEN IN STONE
The actual writing of the story will often take you on tangents that may lead nowhere. The outline can help you rein it in and keep on track. However, if the tangent makes the story more interesting, stay with it and change the outline.
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3 thoughts on “Plotting and Outline”
So much of it is knowing the direction you want to go. Yes, there’s a lot of grey area but having an idea of the beginning, the middle and the end will give the writer a chance to start.
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My gray areas are usually the-in-between. I have an idea for let’s say the middle and ending. Filling that gap with tension, conflict and gripping scenes that advances the story is where my story direction is tested.
You’re also right about being familiar with key elements of the story- it’s a great motivator when reaching the next act.
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Very informative and well written
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