“Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”
― Ray Bradbury ―
Plot is one of the defining characteristics in a work of fiction, but unraveling the intricacies of your story to unearth your basic plot can be a challenge. Together, we’ll define your plot and determine if it’s doing your story justice by reviewing the plot’s key elements, originality, and structure.
Getting To Know You
In our free, 30 minute phone consultation, we’ll take a look at your project with a focus on plot development. We’ll look to the weeks ahead, learn about the classic five-part structure, and discover how these elements can enhance your story.
Did you know that you’re living a story? Each minute that passes is like another word on a page. You’re the lead who gets to decide through a series of actions where you want your story--your life--to go next. Like a choose your own adventure book, your story is made up of big decisions and quiet choices that can change the course of your life in dramatic fashion or a more subtle experience. In literary fiction, especially, plot may be more subdued in relation to its character development counterpart, but it remains an essential piece of the story.
In week one, we’ll take a look at your manuscript and define your central and secondary plots. Together, we’ll look at how all of the fiction elements work together to best serve your ideas and keep your plot moving forward.
Some people remark that there’s no originality left in the world. Everything, they say, is just a recycled version of something else. When it seems like it’s all been done before, it’s a wonder how anything new is created. But just as there are billions of people on this planet with similar but fascinatingly different lives, so, too, are there billions of variations of a single story.
While the basic themes may remain the same, it’s our personal experiences that make for the best original twists on old ideas. Strip your story down to the core and it’s a tale as old as time. But wrap it back up by adding your voice, your descriptions, your experiences--your flair--and you’re creating something fresh. Your story, like you, is its own wonderfully unique variation. In week two, we’ll discuss your plot’s originality and determine ways to ensure the story you’re telling is the very essence of you.
Finished with your manuscript? Get back to the basics and uncover your story’s key elements in its simplest form. Stuck in a creative rut? Experience the freedom of experimenting with your story outside the confines of a written draft. No matter what phase of writing you’re in, the outline is an organizational structure that can benefit anyone and keep the creativity flowing. In this Perfect Pairing session, we’ll discover how the outline can serve as one of the best editing tools there is by identifying plot holes and adding layers to enhance your story.
Deus Ex Machina. Red Herring. Chekhov’s Gun. Dream Sequences. When used correctly, these writing techniques can enhance your story and benefit a stagnant plot, but they can also alienate your readers and demonstrate inexperience as a writer. While plot devices are often effective methods of moving your story forward, developing them within your plot’s framework is vital to crafting a strong narrative that doesn’t feel contrived. In this session, we’ll discuss common plot devices and identify them in your own work and practice useful exercises to use them effectively.
Every good book ends with a strong conclusion. In this final session, we’ll write our own with a review of your plot and the tools necessary to develop a strong story foundation for every project going forward. We’ll take a look at originality, plot devices, and the methods and benefits of outlining to help add depth and structure to your work. Plot is essential to your story. Let’s make sure you’re writing the one you want to tell!
- Unlimited Email Exchange
- Session Summaries
- Related Articles and Resources
- Supplemental Worksheets
2010 - present
2010 - present
What You'll Get
Each session consists of an hour-long phone call focused on plot development. You'll go back to the basics and uncover your central and secondary plots, find ways to cover any holes and make your story as unique as possible, and learn how both outlining and plot devices can be effective methods of storytelling.
- A Brown Beagle Books welcome packet
- A weekly summary of our sessions
- Supplemental worksheets
- Articles and resources to keep you motivated
Looking for more?
Add another catch-all week to this package for only $25 or visit the À La Carte menu for custom services.
Here's the legal stuff:
Sessions are held for one (1) hour once per week or as scheduled by the client (you!) and Brown Beagle Books.
Payment is required by the first (free) consulting call. Refer to your welcome packet and individual contract for more details.
Get more in-depth info on the benefits of outling for plot with the Perfect Pairing package, 'Going With The Flow.'
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