Head off to this link to read the opening to Genre Expectations, the first consideration when framing your story.
Start 2020 right by starting that novel you’ve been neglecting.
Trouble with the story line? Check out M.A. Lee’s newest writing how-to guidebook, Discovering Your Plot.
Surveying the plot necessities and the major structures, Lee lands firmly on writing ground by advising all writers to use the Archetypal Story Pattern, which she details in Discovering Plot.
>> Genre Expectations
>> Plot Basics
>> Plot Structures for the Masses
>> Plot Structures for Writers
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What do writers want from plot?
What do writers need from plot?
Are those questions the same? Not really.
As wordsmiths, we writers know that want and need are two different words.
- The want is a circumstance that we writers can control. We want plot specifics to help us craft story and exceed reader expectations.
- The need is a circumstance of obligations from reader expectations of story. While readers may want the comfort of the genre elements (the tropes), they also wish to have their interest and curiosity piqued.
Can we writers deliver on the expectations and the surprises in order to please our readers?
That’s the involved question that Discovering Your Plot hopes to answer.
This guidebook covers plot structure and the necessities of genre expectations so we writers can anticipate what readers want.
- It is NOT a list of tropes by genre or even a list of tropes that every novel should have.
It explores the six most common plot structures.
- It is NOT a list of characters for plot or story. It is not a list of the “17 characters your novel needs” or the “characters used by famous authors”, as listed on social media sites.
It is a detailed examination of the major sections of a novel.
- It is NOT a word-based or page-based formula of a novel’s structure.
By the end of Discovering Your Plot¸ writers will have the tools to construct a story as well as diagnose problems with pacing, tension and suspense, and sequencing events.
Discovering Your Plot is Book 6 in the Think like a Pro Writer series and the second of the Discovering set of how-to guidebooks for writers at all skill levels. While the approach is for newbies, every writer can benefit from this fresh look at any novel’s framework.
“Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” from Luke 10:27
We are not simple human beings. We are heart and soul, mind and body. We are circles of love and caring, spiritual endeavors, curious intellectuals, and physical movement.
The 2 * 0 * 4 planner is designed to transform your life by melding the four circles of our life.
- Your heart will celebrate deepening relationships.
- Your soul will be inspired to come closer to God.
- Your mind will be sharper and clearer.
- Your body will strive toward its own ideal weight.
How can a simple planner do all this? The key is double-pronged: following the two-page weekly spread and committing to the core of the 2*0*4 Lifestyle.
Scientific studies tell us that 21 days is necessary to break a habit, and 66 days are necessary to form a habit. Habits demand commitment. Commitments can be maintained through daily focus ~ the weekly planner.
2*0*4 will equip you with weekly reminders for diet, water intake, and movement. Here are sample pages.
At six-week and seasonal intervals are opportunities to commit to goals to strengthen your relationships, pursue quiet contemplation or peaceful prayers, build your mind, and develop your body.
Any transformation requires a time commitment, and challenges confront our devotion to change. Schedule your changes, plan for special events, take lists when shopping, and climb over the struggles that interfere with your devotion to transform. If you fall off track with any element, just climb back on with a re-commitment to change.
At the end of a committed year of the 2 * 0 * 4 Lifestyle, we guarantee that your life will have transformed for the better.
Open the planner and find ~
* The Raison d’Etre: explaining the purpose of the lifestyle and providing assistance with necessary diet changes–feast and fast, eating real food and avoiding bad fats and sugars.
* The Yearly Pre-Set, a goal-setting exercise for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Body. Accomplishments to Achieve creates lists in each area for you to consider throughout the year.
* Seasonal Pre-Set then Re-Sets, reviewing previous victories and challenges, specific goal setting, anticipated challenges, and obligations to come.
* The weekly spread, undated, with a panel for reflecting over the week, daily gratitude and meditation, upcoming goals, an inspirational quotation, and a place to note your weekly weigh-in.
* At the six-week mark is a new retrospection and prospectus, considering challenges and new ideas about your goals. After the first two six-week marks, you will encounter progress meters for these goals.
* Calendars of important dates from 2019 to 2023.
* Notes and Looking Ahead pages, Gifts and Wish List, and My Lists: films, restaurants, books, tech, places, hikes, music, and vacation spots.
What other planner combines heart and soul, mind and body? Make the decision to live a whole life with 2*0*4.
Infographics Snippet of the Chapter Focus
These files are named New Advent. Think/Pro originally developed as a series of blogs encouraging writers to “re-set” their goals & strategies. The blogs posted through the Advent season. The Think like a Pro guidebook greatly revised and expanded on the original material in the New Advent blog series. These infographics provide the bones of those original posts–although no infographics were created for lessons 6 and 7.