Plotter or Pantser?

Many writers identify themselves as either predominantly “pantsers” or “plotters.” These terms refer to a creative writer’s preferred mode of writing a story. What is a Pantser? A pantser is the person who writes “by the seat of his or his pants.” What is a Plotter? A plotter is the person who will create a…

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8. Creating Writing Exercises on Plot Development

  A plot chart can help you visual the development of a simple plot: introduction/exposition, triggering factor, conflict, rising action, climax, resolution/conclusion. Creative Writing Exercise on Plot #1: To train your mind to think in a plot-based way, practice with the following creative writing exercise on simple plot development. Premise: The premise answers the question:…

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7. What the Writers are Saying: Quotes about Plot

  Let’s see what some writers are saying about plot: “My students assume that when well-respected writers sit down to write their books, they know pretty much what is going to happen because they’ve outlined most of the plot, and this is why their plots have turned out so beautifully and why their lives are…

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4. Recycling Plots

  Lucretia was certainly neither the first nor the last to live through a similar story (“woman who submits to man she does not love for the sake of the man she does”). In fact, this story has been recycled so many times that it has entered the collective consciousness, and yet each time is…

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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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