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  • eneidamolina
    Hi Johnny! This is in answer to your request for help in plotting your novel. ���� 1. Begin with an event outside the protagonist that sets off
    Message 1 of 413 , Jun 4, 2000
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      Hi Johnny!<br><br>This is in answer to your
      request for help in plotting your novel. <br><br>�
      1. Begin with an event outside the protagonist that sets
      off a chain of events. You don't need to go into
      great detail about the event at the beginning of your
      novel. You should start with the changes that this event
      brings into the character's life.<br><br>2. Try to pick
      the right point of departure for the story. Suppose
      it's a murder mystery (always plot driven), do you
      begin with the murder, the incident that drove someone
      to want to murder the victim, an intro to the
      victim, an intro to the murderer...well, you get the
      notion. Perhaps you won't know until later on in the
      process where the precise beginning should be so don't
      hesitate too much with Chapter One. It can all be
      re-arranged later. For now, you're setting up a plan for your
      novel. You can make it pretty later.<br><br>3. Define
      the events that happen in the novel and detail how
      each event leads to the next event. (Yes...the events
      should be linked like a chain. Each event causes a
      reaction which is another event.)<br><br>4. Create one (or
      more) major complication(s) and several minor
      complications.<br><br>(A complication is something unpleasant that happens
      to the character that he or she would prefer had not
      happened. In mine, a character is going to meet her
      clandestine lover and has a flat tire which makes her late,
      which causes him to leave their meeting place early
      which causes her to lose her temper entirely and create
      a great scene. Which leads to something else...and
      so on. A complication does not have to be big but it
      must change the direction of the story.)
      <br><br>5. Will the protagonist succeed or fail in reaching his
      or her objective?<br><br>6. Mark the point of
      recognition in the novel -- the place where the reader knows
      whether the protagonist is going to succeed or
      fail.<br><br>7. As a result of the chain of events, an event occurs
      that causes an ante-climax complication (or more than
      one). This forces the protagonist to make a decision
      that resolves the major complication or the decision
      is forced upon him or her by another character or
      characters. In other words, create a complication that
      resolves the major complication. (You've seen it done in
      action films. Just as the chase scene ends, and the
      protagonist is about to lose, along comes a small
      complication that completely flips the scene around. You're
      looking for something like that here.)<br>If the
      above-listed purposes are left unfulfilled, fulfilled in a
      tedious way or fulfilled one by one, you will run into
      problems. That is, if you decide that the sole purpose of a
      scene is to reveal an aspect of the heroine's
      personality, the scene may appear flat. It is better to have
      several things happening at once. Otherwise you will have
      a string of scenes that lead into each other but
      don't relate to each other. <br><br>Plotting -
      Exercises<br><br><br>1. Who is the protagonist?<br><br>2. What is his or her
      conflict with the environment?<br><br>3. What is his or
      her chief motivating force? That is, what does he or
      she want out of this novel?<br><br>4. What is the
      tangible objective? That is, what is his or her
      goal?<br><br>5. Is the objective achieved by the end of the
      story?<br><br>6. What are the major complications?<br><br>7. What
      complication happens to set off the resolution to the major
      complication (the ante-complication)? <br><br>Readings:<br>THE
      Megaplotter (It is for screenwriting but works for novel
      writing)<br><a href=http://www.teleport.com/~cdeemer/megaplotter.html target=new>http://www.teleport.com/~cdeemer/megaplotter.html</a><br><br>THE WRITER1S JOURNEY: Mythic Structure for
      Storytellers<br><a href=http://www.teleport.com/~cdeemer/writ-journey.html target=new>http://www.teleport.com/~cdeemer/writ-journey.html</a>
    • razzmatazz5600
      I would like for you to read the novel but it isn t done yet...:) But we could share ideas or something. Drop me a line...razzmatazz5600@yahoo.com
      Message 413 of 413 , Mar 1, 2002
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        I would like for you to read the novel but it isn't done yet...:) But we could share ideas or something. Drop me a line...razzmatazz5600@...
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