Friday, October 29
We have no plot here...
When I first got this assignment, I thought …well, I thought crap.
Crap, crap, crap.
Because I’m bad at plotting. Not just bad, but atrocious, horrifying, ghastly and even appalling.
My first attempt at writing a romance novel started with three brothers in France. Why were they in France…..uhm. Because it was their mom’s birthday. Oh, so she’s French? No, she’s from Texas. I see……then why is she having a birthday party in France? Because……
And so it went.
My second went a bit better. She owns a cyber café in Arizona, she moved there after her divorce and she’s starting her life over! I thought I had it nailed. Until someone said ok, then what? Um….she meets a man? Really….who? A doctor. Really…where? Umm….
You’re getting the picture right?
So I’m rreaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally good at getting a plot off track, or frankly not even getting self same plot out of the train depot.
And then I took a class, with Laurie Schnebly. Plotting via motivation. Oh dear, she had handouts! She had fill in the blanks! She made us do an OUTLINE!!! Are you freaking kidding me????? How am I supposed to know what happens next???
And she told me how. And she made me walk through it. And I wrote out a fourteen chapter outline.
And I didn’t die. And I could still pants. And life was good.
Not to say I don’t still wander off the plot and find my characters walking around in Holland looking for a new pair of shoes. How did that happen? No clue. But now I know I can run with it a bit, see if I need to tweak the outline or undo the story line.
At least I have some place to turn when the plot twists on me.
Thanks again, Laurie Schnebly. Your class made a plot believer out of me!