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Tag Archives: plot
Class Excerpt: On Story Basics and Ways into Stories
I’m finishing up the Moving from Idea to Draft class, or rather finishing up the writing phase and still need to shoot a couple dozen little videos, ugh. But I wanted to share this from the introduction to the class because I thought it might be useful for some people plus maybe tantalize a few into trying one of my on-demand or live classes.
I begin with some basics of story mechanics. Quite probably much of it will be familiar — feel free to skim if you feel like you’ve heard all of this before.
Posted in Writing Tagged moving from idea to draft, online class, plot, story, writing 22 Comments
Class Excerpt: On Creating a Story When You Have the Plot
I’m finishing up the year by trying to wrap up writing the on-demand version of my Moving from Idea to Draft class. This is a tough translation, because the live class depends heavily on what the students have brought: I try to help them go deeper into the idea each has brought to class and show them ways of fleshing it out.
For the on-demand class, what I’m doing is looking at each of the various ways I’ve seen stories develop and doing a section on each, looking at what it is, what it gives you to help with fleshing out the story, possible trouble spots, some ways to proceed with it, and then two or three exercises to refine skills with that, each with a basic and then an overachiever version, a model I used with the Description and Delivering Information class. There’s twenty-three sections altogether, but here’s the section on starting with a plot, minus the exercises.
Posted in Writing Tagged fleshing out ideas, how to plot a story, moving from idea to draft, plot, plotting 4 Comments
Recent Writing/Publishing Related Links, 3/13/2013
These are noteworthy writing or publishing related links I’ve found recently: Writing Links Anne Rice talking about plot. Found via Fran Friel. Rice talks about conversations with herself about the plot as part of the planning process. Fascinating Atlantic piece … Continue reading
Posted in Writing Tagged amazon, ann k. finkbeiner, anne rice, finkbeiner test, haruki murakami, moshin hamid, plot, random house, silvia moreno farcia, used e-books Leave a comment