We’re in the home stretch, folks!1 Here’s the plot for the final 1500 words. I found my way back to the original plot somewhere along the line and this is actually pretty accurate to what’s on the page.
As always, I would appreciate it if you read the story section before this section.1As always, this is entirely unedited except to turn my words red and Mr. Dent’s black.
If you’re following along with the story, you’ll note that I’m INCREDIBLY off-track here. Like, I’m barely even close.
but you do you, my friend↩
I’m going to be honest with you. It’s a bit rich of me to be spewing wisdom like “‘show don’t tell’ is reductive and potentially crappy advice” and “ideation is a key to success” because I have absolutely no formal training in writing whatsoever. Everything I know about stories comes from the other side. I have a lot of training in critical thought, and I’d like to think I’m at least adequate at it.
As a result, I’ve made some assumptions about writing in the past. When I make those assumptions, Luke (who does have formal training as a professional writer) usually manages to say something that surprises me. Often it’s insightful wisdom or highly organized, process-based logic, but he did throw me for a loop once. When I went off on a tangent about whether a character would be able to see mountains from where they were standing in a comment on a section of Charlotte’s Journey, I learned that Luke was largely unfamiliar with verisimilitude. Certainly not the concept itself, but the word. I always sorta figured it was writing 101 stuff, but there you have it. Continue reading “Adventures in Terminology: Verisimilitude”
Interestingly 2, this time around I really want to go back and re-write this section of the story. It hews more closely to the original outline, but re-reading the outline I’ve realized just how much of the actual formula I missed–the beats and character choices that are key to Dent’s formula that I laid out here, then dropped when it came to actually writing the story.
Here’s where I plotted out the first 1500 words. Of course, I would prefer it if you read those 1500 (…ish) words before you read this mess, but I ain’t the boss of you. I’ve copied Mr. Dent’s outline here, using it as a form of sorts. His words are in black, mine are in red.
This is the first stage of The Lester Dent Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot, a template which I urge you to read before reading this post. It’s a real delight, both as a writers’ guideline and as a historical document (one that calls stories “yarns” and writers “pulpateers”).
Continue reading “Master Plot 1—Here’s How it Starts”
Here’s an important fact about me: I stink at storytelling.
I don’t struggle to write. When I have an ongoing project, I write every day. Maybe not the NaNoWriMo-approved 1,667 words, and sometimes not even the Chuck Wendig-approved 350, but I get some words on the screen. I’ve worked hard to cultivate that “thinking comes later” attitude that Luke mentions in his comment on Madeline’s Play 002 post. Continue reading “It’s a Bit Formulaic, Wouldn’t You Say?”