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WIP Wednesday

December 17, 2008 | WIP Wednesday

Continuing the anatomy of a story, which I started with the hook here and continued with character building here, then comes plotting. Or as I think of it, making my characters miserable.

Strange but true, trouble, conflict, and danger are what moves every story ahead. The trouble may be a life of quiet desperation, the conflict maybe subtle, and the danger may be only to the heart. But it is conflict in all its many guises that makes stories compelling.

The art of plotting, closely related to the art of pacing, is all about leaping from the frying pan to the fire without exhausting the reader or straining her credibility. There are several excellent books that explore the subject. Volger’s A Writer’s Journey, Bell’s Plot and Structure, and McKee’s Story all do an excellent job with every different approaches.

Posted by Evanne Lorraine @ 6:00 am  

2 Responses to “WIP Wednesday”

  1. elle Says:

    You know, I think I’m going to get my nerve up and post an old short story in honor of you.

  2. Evanne Says:

    What a lovely Christmas present! Thank you. You are a natural story teller and I know most of your time is spent on more serious endeavors, but there are truths about sisters and pain and community and hope, which only you can tell the world.

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