February 24, 2012

The Plot Thickens

We all have a plot. Family fights during my childhood, spine surgery when I was a fifteen, leaving high school, getting my GED, and pursuing writing are all events that have happened in my life. These events make up the plot of my own personal story just like the events that occur in a book, which connect the beginning to the end, are part of a story’s plot.

Now that you know how to start and end your story, you can begin planning the rest of your novel. I like to write, in a few words, what I want to happen in the beginning of the story at the very top of a piece of paper, and then a few words to describe the end of the story at the very bottom of that same piece of paper. When that is done, I fill in the rest of the paper with the events that link the beginning of the story to the end.

Don’t rush this process! You can’t hurry brilliance. The longer you think about your story idea, the more you will know just what you want to put in it.

Let your imagination carry you away to the world of your book. Greet your characters, get to know them, and picture their lives playing out in front of you. You know their beginning and you know their end. What happens to them in-between those two points? What do they do?

Is there a recurring theme in the books you read?

I have a thing for books about witches set in the modern world.

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