Tutorial – Plot & Conflict

I thought it was about time I actually addressed plot. (FYI – This will most likely not be the only article I write about plots)

The plot is the pathway that winds through your story. It is the veins that carry the characters, the intrigue, the tension etc. It is the structure. So, it is pretty important.

That being said I’ve read some stories (not to mention seen some movies) that appear as if the writer has completely forgotten that a plot is needed.

A writer should spend time in the plot. They should stand in the middle of the vast flat land until they see at least some semblance of pathway. It might be a straight road, a winding, twisting footpath or a spider-web of tracks that continually intersect.

As writers it is so easy to think of a character, a basic scene for that character and then jump right into writing. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great character-driven books but even these need a plot.

Okay, so you now know how I feel about plots. Let’s go into some details
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Getting Organised – Part 2

Organising, OrganizingLet’s continue with Getting Organised 🙂

There are many “Character Profile Templates” floating about and I will (eventually) add one of my own to the Free Printables section.

These can be useful but I must stress that you should not follow them too strictly as you progress with your writing.

They are good to start with, to get the “meat” of your characters down, but as your writing becomes more detailed you would be best to design your own character template. This way you will not end up with a lot of extra sections requiring information you don’t need.
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