If someone hadn’t given me a good word of advice a long time ago, I’m fairly sure I’d still be just sitting down to write–no plot, no plan, and in the end, no story.
I’ve learned I must have some sort of roadmap or I’ll end up hyperventilating every time I open my word document because I’m totally lost.
If I plotted as heavily as some wonderfully awesome writers do, I’d be so bored with my story, I’d clean toilets rather than work on it.
So when I write a book, I do a little plotting beforehand, then go for it. (I’m always way too anxious to get to the fun of that first scene.)
For me at this time, plotting means a little Miss Deb (Dixon) for the hero, heroine and the bad guy if there is one–character wants this, because of this, but he can’t have it because of this.
Then turning points–
- Inciting incident.
- Midbook turning point.
- Midbook turning point.
- Dark moment.
A little explanation:
- Inciting incident is the happening that starts things off. In a romance, it’s often the first meeting between the hero and heroine. Other times, it’s something that happens that precipitates the first attraction between the pair.
- A turning point is something that changes things. It can be something one discovers about the other or something that happens to both of them that changes the direction of their relationship.
- The dark moment is when something happens that destroys the relationship. Makes it un-fixable.
- Resolution is when the hero and heroine realize they really do love each other, no matter what. Inspite of whatever the dark moment was.
The best books are written so flawlessly and build on what’s already happened so well that it’s hard to say, There. That’s the dark moment or Turning point! Turning point!
So how can you pick them out in someone else’s books and thereby learn to employ it yourself? The best way I can explain it is when I’m reading along and I do a mentally gasp or sigh, Oh, I do like him or Maybe she’s not really a pain, that could be a turning point.
So I read on, and if things change (in the books I read/write, that’s usually between the h/h) I’ve pinpointed one! 🙂
Now you know how I plot a book. It gives me a roadmap of sorts without the spoilers that would ruin the trip for me.
Of course, I’m always looking for a better way to piece together my mousetrap. How do you build yours?
- Plot Fixer – Part 2: How To Fix A Weak Opening (writersinthestorm.wordpress.com)
- Naming Characters (writingsluts.wordpress.com)
- Query Blurbs (writingsluts.wordpress.com)
- Plotting – it isn’t easy (blackinkwhitepaper.wordpress.com)
- I want to buy your book but – (Part 2, Editing) (rebeccaberto.com)
- Amateur Advice: How I create my plot (jeremydpowell.wordpress.com)
- Rethinking a Plotting System…Again (beckylevine.com)