Are you a plotter or panster? I have always been a panster and I find myself becoming a plotter-and loving it.
You already know how much I admire and love the plot whisperer, Martha Alderson. I have consulted with her a few times and I learned more in a few hours than in years of reading technique and craft books & taking on-line seminars and workshops. That is why one of the grand prizes in my blogfest is a two hour consult with her. I will return to our consulting at the end of the month when I finish other work projects.
I have also been reading another amazing book, Story Engineering, by Larry Brooks. Brooks host an incredibly helpful website/blog, storyfix. He teaches the six core competencies of successful storytelling.
5. Scene execution
6. Writing voice
And how we need a complete understanding of how the four parts of story structure work together to create a well written book. " No single box contains the whole story. Each box is a subset, a part of the whole story. Only all four, viewed sequentially, do the storytelling job."
Part One: The Set Up
Part Two: The Response
Part Three: The Attack
Part Four: The Resolution
Of course it is much more complicated than I just touched on, but if you are looking for a way to understand story planning and how to make it all come together, this is a great book.
If you are asking yourself, "What do I write next?" or " What is the best order for my scenes?"
This book is for you.
Based on what I have learned so far with my plot consultations with Martha Alderson, I am restructuring the sequence of many scenes in my legal thriller that I thought was complete. The changes I have made have already improved my book. Alderson uses a plot line with three parts that is similar to Brooks's four part story model.
So, do any of you use storyboards, plot-lines or plot diagrams to organize the sequence and structure of your novel? If so, what do you use? Post it notes? A computer program? I'd love to know. I really like how this has shaped up my WIP.
Diane Chamberlain's blog. Diane got her inspiration from Alexandria Sokoloff. Take a look at her blog, The Dark Saloon. Alexandria is an award winning author of several thrillers and she teaches scriptwriting courses.
Are you a plotter or a pantster? Maybe a combo of both? Have you always structured your stories the same way or have changed from plotter to panster or vice/verse? Do you use any visual aids to help you write your story?
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