Daily Archives: 13 October, 2014

I Took Notes

We had a fiction writing workshop at my library to prepare for NaNoWriMo. It was awesome. I heard lots of great advice, and even took some notes!

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10 Steps to Plotting (For Pantsers)

  • Have a Firm Idea. Know something even if it’s not everything.
  • Know a little bit about your characters {Pinterest will help with this}
  • Leave room for unexpected characters and events
  • Collect random stuff {again, Pinterest will help, as will the S4}
  • Make a general outline
  • General list of possible problems, obstacles and events
  • General list of possible subplots (romance, mystery, etc)
  • Know the end
  • Write as if … (great for when you’re stuck in a corner)

Plot will happen if you sit long enough.

Who Do I Kill?

  • Probably not the main character
  • Unlike Rule 34, the above does have exceptions

Why Do I Kill Them

  • Chewbacca saving Hans Solo’s kids
  • Establish villainy (Joker in the newest reboot)
  • Da gut punch
  • Plot arc (Darth Vader vs. Obi Wan Kenobi)
  • Establish Heroism (Stock sacrificing himself for the ship)
  • To encourage others (tell the readers it’s serious)

Why Not Kill Them

  • Sequels! Without convoluted plots (Star Trek III)
  • Angry fans
  • Angrier fans
  • Target audience
  • Recognizable Tuckerization (basing a character on someone you know)

Fill in outline as you go, so you can coach yourself on what should come next or need.

Talk through the dialogue. Record it somehow.