Today I am working on the plot of the novel, and I’ve been reading this gem to help with the basics.
Published in 1993 by Writer’s Digest Books, “20 Master Plots (And How to Build Them)” is timely even today. Author Ronald B. Tobias provides some great information and advice regarding plots and their types. His wit is also appreciated, and makes the read very enjoyable. I recommend checking it out.
I’m employing the use of this book because, honestly, I have no idea where the story is going. I only know where it starts, and even then, it’s the image of a lone girl in the middle of a snow laden town that I’m going on. A.K.A. I’m not going on much. But seeing as to how this book is the bridge between my first and third book, I can’t really scrap it, either. 🙂 My hope is that by reading about the general mechanics of plot and the most common types, it’ll spark my imagination on what could happen in the story.
So today I plan and plot and plot and plan. I will continue to do so through the rest of prep time. I will continue to, even, after the first draft is written and before the second draft can be touched. Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned, the story always has a way of surprising you, even if you think you know exactly what is going to happen before you sit down at the keyboard.
How do you plot? Or are you a pantser? If you plan, which resources do you use?