Writing Vivid Plots

The focus of this guide is on plotting full-length novels, but there are also chapters on plotting short stories, series and serials.

Author: Rayne Hall

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1537740229


Page: 86

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Do you want to give your novel a powerful story line? Do you want to power up a draft you've written? This guide shows professional techniques for developing and structuring your fiction book. It solves plot problems such as slow beginnings, sagging middles and flat endings, and guides you to write specific story parts such as the 'Black Moment' and the 'Climax'. The focus of this guide is on plotting full-length novels, but there are also chapters on plotting short stories, series and serials.

Elements of Fiction Writing Plot

It can be a bony hand creeping from behind a curtain, a grand passion, someone
teetering on a high ledge, or any of a thousand vivid situations and characters.
Their meaning is right out in the open; they seem special, unusual, exciting.

Author: Ansen Dibell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599635101

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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"There are ways to create, fix, steer and discover plots—ways which, over a writing life, you'd eventually puzzle out for yourself," writes Ansen Dibell. "They aren't laws. They're an array of choices, things to try, once you've put a name to the particular problem you're facing now." That's what this book is about: identifying those choices (whose viewpoint? stop and explain now, or wait? how can this lead to that?), then learning what narrative problems they are apt to create and how to choose an effective strategy for solving them. The result? Strong, solid stories and novels that move. Inside you'll discover how to: • test a story idea (using four simple questions) to see if it works • convince your reader that not only is something happening, but that something's going to happen and it all matters intensely • handle viewpoint shifts, flashbacks, and other radical jumps in your storyline weave plots with subplots • get ready for and write your Big Scenes • balance scene and summary narration to produce good pacing • handle the extremes of melodrama by "faking out" your readers—making them watch your right hand while your left hand is doing something sneaky • form subtle patterns with mirror characters and echoing incidents • choose the best type of ending—linear or circular, happy or downbeat, or (with caution!) a trick ending Whether your fiction is short or long, subtle or direct, you'll learn to build strong plots that drive compelling, unforgettable stories your readers will love.

Life Writing from the Pacific Rim

(1) The use of moving and vivid plots. Historical figures tend to be well known
because they did something extraordinary, in either a positive or negative sense.
Some were actively involved in politics; some joined military campaigns and
fought ...

Author: Stanley Schab

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824819705

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 99

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Garden Plots

This vivid passage is reminiscent of another well - known passage by Woolf that
is frequently cited . ... 7 Looked at in the context of this polemical piece written at
the same time , the story is obviously a vehicle for the deployment of the ...

Author: Shelley Saguaro

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 0754637530

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 249

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Focusing on a range of twentieth-century texts and including relevant twenty-first century writing, Garden Plots explores the ways in which gardens in fiction represent more than just a familiar theme. Bound up with wider aesthetic and ideological issues, gardens, like literary forms, are subject to transformations. The term 'plots' is a keyword in this approach. It refers to garden plots, literary plots, and more generally, the plotting that is political, polemical, and subversive. Each of the six chapters includes four texts that are familiar and representative. Authors include Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Carol Shields, J. M. Coetzee, Toni Morrison, Leslie Marmon Silko, Jamaica Kincaid, and Philip K. Dick.

Writing Fantasy Science Fiction

the characters , how unusual the basic idea – without a plot there is no novel .
Even if what the readers remember afterwards is the fascinating premise , or the
unusual aliens , or the strange and vivid other world , the writer's ability to
construct ...


Publisher: Unistar Books




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A Beginner s Guide to Screen Writing Step by Step Instructions to Plot Character and Continuity Including Exercises to Complete at the End of Each Chapter

taken up, beginning with the writing of plots and extending, first, to continuities
and thence to synopses in detail. By this course of study a systematic and vivid
mental background is added to the mind; the acquisition of technique is sure ...

Author: Howard T. Dimick

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781473382831

Category: Drama

Page: 172

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A classic guide to creating and writing your first screenplay, including chapters on, basic problems, plot and plotting, externalizing the play, surprise or the unforeseen, character development and much more.

Modern Writing

A little times writing this plot and never repeat a nester , his wife and small son ,
homesteadcharacter . ... One more plot before we come to more Still vivid ,
though I read it years ago , is important matters — handling the storya David and

Author: Robert Smith


ISBN: MINN:31951001126660E

Category: Authorship

Page: 275

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The Writer s Digest Handbook of Novel Writing

For that matter , " Bad Character Loses ” – the final kind of plot we ' ll be
discussing here - is also pretty depressing . ... Sure , you still need crisp dialogue
, vivid description , true - to - life characters , and more - because good writing ,
too , is a ...

Author: Tom Clark


ISBN: IND:30000025868021

Category: Authorship

Page: 260

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In essays drawn primarily from Writer's digest magazine, noted novelists, leading editors, and teachers address the specifics of novel writing--from how to create dialogue to how to negotiate a contract with a publisher. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


Even when the plot seems most tangled , the vivid characterizations hold the
reader's interest . ... The melodrama of the plot carries over into the prose , and
many chapters end with cliff - hanging episodes which are lushly overwritten .

Author: Frank Northen Magill


ISBN: UOM:49015002914928

Category: Literature

Page: 7336

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More than 2000 essay-reviews of plots and in-depth critical evaluations...covering fiction, poetry, history, drama and belles lettres.

The Writer

IMPORTANT BOOKS for WRITERS 2 NEW Join America ' s most successful and
soon - to ... of writing for the popular field of mystery fiction by 26 bestselling
authors , who discuss the basics of plotting , characterization , setting , pace ,
dialogue , suspense . ... Vivid examples show how to develop convincing
characters .

Author: William Henry Hills


ISBN: UOM:39015067425218

Category: Authorship


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Survey of Zimbabwean Writers

Zulu literature : Zulu was , for a certain period , a very important and apparently
rich literary source for the pioneers of Ndebele writing in Rhodesia . They praise
Nyembezi's vivid language and characterisations , his plots and moral lessons ...

Author: Flora Veit-Wild


ISBN: IND:30000001699408

Category: Authors, Black

Page: 172

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The Complete Works of George Orwell

A surprising number undertake to supply you with ready - made plots . ... PLOTS .
Our plots are set out in sequence all ready for write - up , with lengths for each
sequence . No remoulding necessary — just the ... PLOTS : in vivid scenes .

Author: George Orwell


ISBN: UCSC:32106012401037



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The Arts of Learning and Communication

The great writer is the one who has firmly grasped the central idea or single
action of his story and then has been able to render that action entirely concrete
and vivid . Since the plot is the soul of the poetic work it must be unified ;
otherwise it ...

Author: Benedict M. Ashley


ISBN: WISC:89009727322

Category: Education, Secondary

Page: 622

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Writing for Radio

Sound plotting is what the author makes happen to characters when
circumstances temporarily defy the audience ' s expectations . The key ... No
writer can hope always to deal with what is genuinely new – still less what is
actually original – but there ' s no real excuse for ever serving up something that
isn ' t fresh . ... In similar fashion , vivid characterisation is simply the obvious
taken out of context .

Author: Colin Haydn Evans


ISBN: 0749000074

Category: Radio authorship

Page: 109

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Master Plots

A vivid imagination might His chirography resembles that of Mr . Benjamin I easily
be deduced from such a MS . ... Miss Sedgwick ' s hand not ostentatiously formed
, and with persect freedom writing points unequivocally to the traits of her of ...

Author: Jared Gardner


ISBN: UOM:39015053487198

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

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When the colonies cased to be colonies and became the United States, the new nation needed a new literary identity, something specifically American. In MASTER PLOTS, author Jared Gardner examines the tangled intersection of racial and national discourses in early American narrative that has played an important role in the search for America's literary identity. 7 illustrations.

A Rosellen Brown Reader

Both these writers were willing to be content with a series of short meditations
which isolated a few characteristics of their ... many others do , is not so much
strong subject matter , vivid plots , and fascinating personae , 57 On Not Writing a

Author: Rosellen Brown

Publisher: Middlebury College

ISBN: 0874516455

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 309

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The author of Tender Mercies and Civil Wars demonstrates her command of diverse genres in this engaging collection of poetry, short stories, and essays. Best known for her carefully crafted, emotionally resonant novels, Rosellen Brown is committed to the ideal of the well-rounded writer. She shifts easily from prose to poetry, from fiction to nonfiction, from novels to short stories with an assured mastery of each form that enriches her work in the others. This Reader is the first book to bring together her work in a variety of genres, presenting many previously uncollected stories and essays. The collection reveals the wide range of her imagination and the evolution of her central themes. Like a pilot flying low over the land, she writes in her introduction, I've finally been able to study what my 'central work, ' my novels, can't teach me--the general shape of my preoccupations across the years; the rises and declivities of skill, curiosity, casual engagement, and inescapable obsession. Intermixing clusters of short stories, poetry, and essays, Brown creates a collage of her own writing in which certain themes--the struggle for self-definition in terms of gender, ethnic heritage, or sense of place; the responsibilities of human beings to one another; the constant challenge of adapting to changing circumstances--recur in the midst of experimentation in form, voice, and structure. In a final interview, she says, ultimately, all of our work will be seen from a distance, like a view of the earth from above, and it will turn out that the shape and size of this or that body of writing will look wholly different from up there. This Reader is our first step in gaining that elevatedperspective on a distinguished career.

Darwin s Plots

This vivid passage with its open personification of nature , its joy checked by an
apprehension of destructiveness ( ' we ... is placed in apposition to Nature - - not '
the economy of Nature ' , nor ' the surface ' , as he had written in earlier versions ...

Author: Gillian Beer

Publisher: Ark Edition

ISBN: STANFORD:36105008520863

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 303

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Writing the Short Story

To put it another way : Good plots involve vivid characters , and good characters
are always involved in a plot that tests their mettle . We've made a great many
plot decisions in the previous two chapters . Some attention has been paid to ...

Author: Jack Bickham

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: PSU:000023339385

Category: Reference

Page: 213

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Offers advice on writing short stories, discussing building the story, developing the characters, writing and revising the first draft, and marketing the finished story

Texas Heat

She then prepared herself for the ultimate challengefulfilling her lifelong
aspiration to place the vivid plots and ... Writing is my ultimate love , and nothing
compares with the satisfaction of creating new characters and devising a new
plot .

Author: Mary Lynn Baxter

Publisher: Harlequin Books

ISBN: 0373201680

Category: Fiction

Page: 608

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Texas Heat by Mary Lynn Baxter released on Oct 25, 1999 is available now for purchase.