6. The Example of the Virtuous Noblewoman

  A familiar storyline is that of the woman who succumbs sexually to the wants of a man she does not love for the sake of the one she does. Think of all of the novels and movies you have loved that share that very simple storyline. How is it that each has been rendered…

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5. Writing the Plot

  There is so much debate on whether the writer should outline the plot before beginning to write or just start writing and let the characters write their own stories. There is no straight answer, except your own: once you bang your head on the wall enough times, you will learn what works for you,…

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3. Climax

What is the climax of a story? The climax is the most intense, exciting, and important event of your story whereby we reach the resolution of all the struggles of the protagonists. It holds your attention if it is the logical conclusion of the central conflict that has been nurtured from the very first sentence.…

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2. Conflict

                      A writer can only start creating plots that work once the concept of conflict has been fully understood. Values Our values are what we judge to be important in life, and thus what we highly covet. One common value is ‘honour’; another is ‘success’.…

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1. Introduction to Plot Development

What is a plot? The plot is the main events of a story presented as an interrelated sequence of events, culminating in a climactic resolution. It is the central conflict of values that determines every single event of the story. Not even the most magnificently crafted sentences can save a story that is devoid of…

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