Here we are, the second day of the year.  How are those resolutions coming?

Got the exercise in?  Check!

Got the budget set?  Check!

Resolved to get along with uour co-workers and your boss?  Check!  Brought doughnuts!

How about your dreams?  Did you take those into consideration when you were making your resolutions?

If you have a major dream about becoming a professional writer–and you have no

2 covers to choose from: beautiful flowers or the guiding lamp

trouble getting starting with a story, then we can guide you to a book designed to help you become the pro you dream of.

Think like a Pro is all about–well, thinking like a professional writer.

Seven lessons guide you through the process.  Try this link for more information.

And for a weekly planner to help you stay on track, track your word count, and count your progress, this link offers the Think/Pro planner for writers.

Think/Pro with your writing.  Eventually, you’ll be PRO.

And no, it’s not too late.  It’s never too late.  Just start.  And every time you think of it, start again.

That’s the beauty of the planner.  It reminds you to think of your dreams.

~ M. A. Lee

 

Here it is:  the squeezed-in blog on the Antagonist, from Aristotle’s Essential Characters (with funky names) to our modern take on those pesky evil-doers we love to hate.

The Antagonist

Any antagonist—the primary conflict-creator—should seek a goal that is mirrored to the protagonist.

For writers, this is reflecting the protagonist’s goal.

The conflict between the protagonist and the antagonist may occur over the same treasure, the same career advancement, or the same approbation from the community.  The antagonist may want the destruction of what the protagonist is trying to create.  S/he will twist any concept that the protagonist developed to improve the world.

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Aristotle rocks because he’s a rock?

Aristotle’s Essential Characters

For writers beginning to Think / Pro, converting from a hobby writer to a professional writer, Aristotle seems like a wrong turn.  Especially when we’re looking at the Essentials of Characters.

Geez, what could he possibly know?  I mean, look at him.  He’s a bust.

I thought this way, too–once.

I mean, Aristotle is over two thousand years OLD.  Really OLD.  Decrepit.

What on earth can someone so OLD tell me about story?

I grew up with movies and TV.  I have computers.  And I drive a car.  He had a banging chariot and scratched on something called parchment.  He didn’t even have good paper and ink.

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 Think Like a Pro:  New Advent for Writers

Advice for the Week:  Looking for the Essentials?  Don’t Re-Invent the Wheel.  Learn from those who have gone before.

Who’s gone before?  Aristotle.  An ancient geeky Greek philosopher.  Aristotle rocks for writers struggling with character.

This week we start looking at 5 + 5 Essentials for Characters that the ancient Greek Aristotle first offered.

 

 

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More on Plot as the One Guiding Decision
A Continuation of the Previous Blog — which was shorter 😉 .

Detailed Look at the 7 Types of Plot

The title of this chapter in Think like a Pro is “One Guiding Decision :: Plot It”, and plot is truly the guiding decision for any writing.

While many plot structures abound (and several are discussed later in the Think/Pro chapter), it is the 7 Plot Types that will give the KEY that every writer needs to use to unlock story.

That KEY is coming, I promise, but first let’s look at the three required elements for each of the 7 Plot Types.

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