Stop Plotting Paralysis, Use A Central Premise
SEVERAL PLOTTING METHODS are based on a structure that takes one concept and builds on it, expanding and splitting until a workable outline is achieved. By breaking the plot into small steps, the overwhelming process of plotting an entire novel is avoided.
These methods are based on a central theme or premise, which describes your novel in a sentence or less. “Love conquers all.” “Good over evil.” “Courage leads to victory.”
The premise should be the touchstone of the story. The characters’ actions should be rooted in it. Complications should arise from it. If an action or scene can’t trace back to the premise, it should be cut.
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Cool Links 3-21-20 Edition
For the cool links 3-21-20 edition, I have only two stories. Take a little time from #QuarantineLife to enjoy them.
It’s not nice to steal laundry detergent
Boy, can I relate to this story. My husband (let’s call him Larry) has a super huge love of bleach. The way it cleans, the way it smells—he is a bleachaholic. Too many times in the past, I’ve removed clothes from the washing machine or dryer to find white spots. White blotches. Fabric eaten away. I finally banned the bottle from inside the house. Of course, with the current coronavirus scare, bleach is now part of our daily life, but not, I hope, in large quantities.
Read this story of a college student who got a little revenge on someone who kept stealing her laundry detergent. You can guess the outcome.
Vincent and the Doctor
I’ll admit it, Matt Smith (Doctor Who #11) is not my favorite doctor. That honor goes to #10, David Tennant. However, one of my favorite shows of 11 is Vincent and the Doctor, in which Vincent van Gogh travels ahead in time and visits the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. There, he overhears stunning praise of his works. Actor Tony Curran gives a tear-worthy performance when he hears how the world considers van Gogh as one of the best artists ever.
Go here to see a snippet from the show.
Keep writing, and wash your hands!