By: Mandy Wallace
Admit it. Plotting a novel can be a bitch. You start down the path all plucky and excited to translate your beautiful novel onto the page, and what happens?
Characters fall flat. Tension fizzles out. Scenes go nowhere. And climax ideas
feel, well, anticlimactic.
Pretty soon the cursor on your screen has been blinking so long you’d swear it’s trying to hypnotize you into some plot-devoid pit of despair.
That’s why it pays to have a few plot tools like these in your back pocket.
Last week, we covered three renowned novelists’ trust-your-writing plot tips from the online writing course through
University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, How Writers
Get caught up if you missed them. They’re definitely worth the look, especially if you prefer a more organic—or what some would call the “
Today, though, we’re covering plot tips for planners. Outline-lovers. Structure-o-
philes. Whatever we call ourselves. These plot tools—from How
Writers Write Fiction lecturer , Bruce Elgin—will
feel like the writers tool belt for anyone who gets the
willies from hitting the blank page unprepared.
Even if you love the
panster approach (it’s my go-to for short and flash fiction
writing), these tools may save your story next time you’re stuck. Hey,
we’re all writers here. Getting stuck happens.
What I loved best about Elgin’s lecture on writing and plot is that, like last week’s novelist lineup, he says it’s important to trust
you’re writing. But
then he hands over a ton of great tools to help you get unstuck anyway.
Here are some of my favorites.
Unstick Your Plot Tool #1: Define Character Desire
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