Think / Pro:  One Guiding Decision :: Plot It

Pick a Plot

the Key to ANY Story

*The Plot Types will take two blogs. (Sorry.  Not.)  Come back on the 10th for the finish line of this post.

Buying Story

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Building under Construction: Foundation is hidden under the concrete blocks that are the base of the walls.

Plot is the foundation of all story.

ALL story.

The key to any construction job is the foundation.  People buy houses based on the square footage they need and the look of the life they want.  The buyers don’t consider the state of the foundation;  that’s the job of the builder.  And the foundation is buried in the ground, unseen, doing its job without any acclaim or gratitude or blessing.  Without a strong foundation, however, the whole structure will fall apart.

So it goes with story. 

People may love the characters and chatter excitedly about events and the genre tropes, but everything—EVERYTHING—in that story will fall apart if the foundation is not solid.  Should story-tellers neglect plot, the story suffers, and not even the most wonderful characters and stupendous events and twisty tropes can rescue it.

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Think/Pro: Plot Matters :: Plot is your Guiding Decision.

 

Plot It :: Models and Patterns Help

Only 7 Types of Plot exist, according to Christopher Booker in his 7 Basic Plots archetypal study.Think like a Pro: New Advent for Writers by [Lee, M.A., Dunn, Emily R.]

It’s not necessary to re-invent the wheel every time we start considering our stories and novels.  Models and Patterns will guide our plots.  It’s up to us to tinker with the recipe in order to keep it fresh and original.

After all, it’s professional writers who discovered the plot models and patterns that newbies constantly seek out. 

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 Plot It.

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.  These lessons may 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 (One Latin Phrase).

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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Plan to Write Every Day 

Deadlines help us reach our goals.  We plan our goal:  brownies, racing, church service.  Then we listen for the ding of the oven that lets us know the brownies are ready.  Or we look for the checkered flag at the finish line of the Brickyard 500.  We bow our heads for the benediction at the end of a service, when some people have their hearts already out the door. 

We aim for the deadlines and drive and drive until the end.

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This information comes from Think like a Pro: New Advent for Writers, by M. A. Lee and Emily R. Dunn, available on Amazon Kindle.

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Planning the Work and Working the Plan is Lesson 2 in Think like a Pro.

This is the only way to Work Every Day.

How do we transform ourselves from hobbyist to professional?  How do we change theThink like a Pro: New Advent for Writers by [Lee, M.A., Dunn, Emily R.] mindset that our writing is for escape or entertainment?  If our goal is professional writer, how do we become a disciplined Pro?  The second lesson is to Plan the Work .

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.  Tolstoy kept this motto on his desk: Nulla dies sine linea.  This is One Latin Phrase that greatly helps writers.

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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Dreaming into Reality

Knowing Where to Start =

Knowing How to Start

Before we launch into Planning and then Writing, let’s briefly discuss the 3 Sevens for Dreaming a Novel into Reality: 7 Characters to Know, 7 Plot Elements, and 7 Work Habits.

  • These are what to know before you get started, so you start with what you know.

Dreaming up 7 Characters to Spark Ideas

Free templates abound on Pinterest and the internet to help you develop your primary characters.  Use them for all of your primary characters and most of your secondaries.  Not your tertiary / walk-on characters.  Just make a brief list for them.

Here at the start, don’t spend too much time working out these characters in detail.  Get the basics then fly through the basic templates as well as these descriptors.

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Deadline on a Dream

Dream the Plan / Plan the Dream

Three years ago, when I made the decision to Think like a Pro, the approaching deadline for one of life’s major transitions drove me to consider it.

Life’s transitions include job changes, marriage or divorce, moving, children, taking on the fulltime care of a parent, and retirement.  Making a commitment to live a worthy life, changing diets to gluten-free or vegan, deciding to avoid all plastics, turning a dream into reality:  these are also life transitions. 

Often, very often, these last three are the hardest changes.  They require a re-commitment every day, every minute, every second.  They are individual changes, perhaps prompted by family and friends but dependent on the sole self to maintain the commitment.  And they require re-thinking constant aspects of life that most people never even consider.

Deadline: Junction on the Journey

Transitions are like junctions in our life’s journey.

The question we ask ourselves is this~ Where do I want to go when I reach that junction?

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3 Must-Have Deadline Tricks

Here are the 3 Must-Have Deadline Tricks.  I call them Tricks because they help turn dreams into reality. 

These Deadline Tricks work not only for writers but for anyone tackling major projects.

Setting the Deadline is the first procedure that anyone starting a project must determine.

Every project has a deadline.

Very simply, a deadline means “When is this sucker due?”

For indie writers, their novels and stories and blogs could be due . . . whenever.  But “whenever” is NOT thinking like a pro. 

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