Plot It:  Plotter vs. Pantster

Should I or shouldn’t I?  Plot, I mean.  Here’s the question every writer struggles with.

Should I plot this sucker?  Or should I follow where the idea leads me?

Should I just launch into writing and see where it takes me?

Or should I plot out every scene and sequel, checking all the boxes?

Continue reading “Think like a Pro: Why Plot?”

The Best Plot Method

When plot methods abound, how do newbie writers know what the best plot method is?

How do newbie writers learn anything?

Drill and practice?  The first million words are simply to be thrown away?  Surely not.

To transform from hobby writer to professional writer, we have to teach ourselves.  We have to learn so many things.  Learning the best plot method for novels is just one step in the process.

Here are the three big questions that newbies ask ~

How do we transform ourselves from hobbyist to professional?  How do we change the mindset that our writing is for escape or entertainment?  If our goal is professional writer, how do we become a disciplined Pro?  

In our long “Winter of Discontent” with our writing, we need to follow the example of the crocus:  emerging from frozen snow to new life.

To help newbie writers achieve that goal, New Advent for Writers: Think like a Pro presents seven lessons as a guide for this transformation.  Like a two-hour seminar, these lessons will seem easy, but the practical application takes focus, persistence, and clear thinking.

Chapter 1 covers deadlines (One Scary Word).

The second chapter presents the importance of daily writing.  Leo Tolstoy kept this motto on his desk: Nulla dies sine linea.  This One Latin Phrase means “no days without lines (writing)”.

Chapter 3 examines the models or patterns that every writer depends upon (One Guiding Decision) while Chapter 4 reminds us to learn from those who’ve gone before (One Ancient Greek).

In Chapter 5, entitled One Simple Injunction, the authors preach the great heresy of no excuses.

Chapter 6 (One Slice of Advice) explores how creativity can be sparked.

Chapter 7 discusses determination and resolutions.

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Plot Methods:  4 of 5 Models or Patterns

Adequate for Short Stories.  Inadequate for Novels.

How do we transform ourselves from hobbyist to professional?  How do we change the mindset that our writing is for escape or entertainment?  If our goal is professional writer, how do we become a disciplined Pro?  The third lesson is to use Models and Patterns to help us structure or PLOT our stories and novels.

But being a pro writer means learning to judge when to use those models.  These four plot methods, while good for shorter works, fall far short for longer works.

To help newbie writers become professionals, New Advent for Writers: Think like a Pro presents seven lessons as a guide for this transformation.  A two-hour seminar, these lessons will seem easy, but the practical application takes focus, persistence, and clear thinking.

Chapter 1 covers deadlines (One Scary Word).

The second chapter presents the importance of daily writing.  Leo Tolstoy kept this motto on his desk: Nulla dies sine linea.  This One Latin Phrase means “no days without lines (writing)”.

Chapter 3 examines the models or patterns that every writer depends upon (One Guiding Decision) while Chapter 4 reminds us to learn from those who’ve gone before (One Ancient Greek).

In Chapter 5, entitled One Simple Injunction, the authors preach the great heresy of no excuses.

Chapter 6 (One Slice of Advice) explores how creativity can be sparked.

Chapter 7 discusses determination and resolutions.

Cassie Sharp says it better than anyone else can: 

Open Letter to Faleena Hopkins

And Jessica Fry has a wonderful podcast:

It’s sad, really.

For everyone.

The indie author. 

The font creator.  He was on vacation, and now he has to deal with this as soon as he returns home.  He thought he had protected himself.  After all, the licensing agreement for his original font states that the font cannot be trademarked.

The other indie authors who have been writing and writing, who have books using “cocky” and have published these books long before that indie author (who shall remain nameless) did and have now been threatened by her with Cease and Desist letters.

The other indie authors, frightened by the C & D, who have taken down their books and lost potential sales.

The other indie authors, frightened by the C & D, who burned their swag for their books and are now realizing that the first indie author’s trademark claim will not hold up.

More indie authors who had their books and reviews taken down by Amazon.  In taking down the books, Amazon thought it was in compliance with an official trademark.

Amazon, which has now discovered that it was NOT in compliance.  The trademark issue is not resolved since the trademark could 1] not be issued on the single word “cocky” and 2] not be issued on a font that was not original to the indie author who trademarked “cocky” in that font.  (See the font creator comment above)

Still more indie authors who have weighed in with reasonable logic.

And who are now being threatened with bad reviews by the indie author’s readers.

The indie authors who have now hesitated in their creative process.

I think the only people who must be celebrating are the vultures who thrive on train wrecks . . .

And the trad publishing world, eager to see brakes being applied in the indie publishing world.

 

My advice, if any advice can be taken from this mess:

1.  Write the best book possible.

2.  Know the vultures are out there.  Know what you can and cannot do to combat the vultures.  Even if you try to stop them, they will still be out there, swirling around, seeking who they may devour.

3.  Know the Biz itself has problems and always will.  Nothing is perfect.

4.  Be kind to your readers and your fellow authors who are also struggling.

5.  Consult with other pros–not family, not friends, not readers–before you start the engine on that train.