Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Long Time

Hello!  It's been a while.  Was thinking I would put together some of the short stories I've written into some kind of booklet, folder and was looking for the ending of my A-Z challenge for "Alone At The Art Museum" and saw that I hadn't updated this thing since, well, quite a while. 

I seem to have more free time because I quit going to my writer's group.  It was always at the most inconvenient time (11 am on Saturday).  Couldn't do much in the morning, and not much in the afternoon either.  And, of course, procrastinator that I am, I would end up critiquing like 60-ish pages every other Friday Night.  Frustrating all around.

Anyway, PH reminded me I had only written 4 chapters in a year.  So I quit going.

Now I spend Saturdays running around doing chores/shopping.  Sundays I write.  And now, here I am, updating my blog!  Yeah, it was time for a change.

Am currently into Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter universe right now.  It started with 'The Infernal Devices' Trilogy.  Loved that series, and that it was only 3 books.  I decided I couldn't handle reading 'Lady Midnight' so I got the audio book.  I'm hooked and I love the crossover characters from the original Shadowhunter series as well as from The Infernal Devices series. Now I'm listening to 'Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy' which is a hoot because they have different people reading different chapters and they do the accents and everything.

Met Cassandra Clare at a book signing a ways back.  She asked me if I was Team Jace or Team Simon and like a fool, I said "Team Clary, of course." Lame...

Monday, March 16, 2015

Randy Ingermanson's 'The Snowflake Method'

This week, I'll try the 'The Snowflake Method' created by Randy Ingermanson.  He calls it the Snowflake Method because you  "start small and then build stuff up".  Sounds like a plan.  He's got a useful guide/article on his website.  Checkout the link:   The Snowflake Method

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lancaster Poppy Reserve

Today I went to the Lancaster Poppy Reserve State Park (about an hour's drive from Los Angeles).  The temperature was in the 90's (farenheit) and the poppies were in full bloom. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Results using Dan Wells' 7 Point Story Structure method

I've worked all week on creating an outline using this method.  As a recap,
the 7 point method consists of: (using the original Star Wars movie as an example

  • THE HOOK:  Hero has a sad boring life
  • Luke is a misunderstood farmboy who longs to be a pilot and go on adventures
  • PLOT TURN 1: Hero becomes a role
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi offers to teach Luke to become a Jedi
  • PINCH 1: A bad guy attacks
  • Luke's uncle and aunt and killed by imperial forces
  • MIDPOINT: The hero learns the truth, swears to defeat the villain
  • Luke decides he wants to be a Jedi like his father
PINCH 2: Companions fall to the villain and Hero is left alone
Obi-Wan is killed in a duel with Darth Vader

PLOT TURN 2: Hero discovers the power is within him
Luke uses the force to destroy the Death Star

RESOLUTION: Hero defeats the villain
Luke destroys the Death Star.

It seemed pretty straight-forward until I tried to use it.  Then things got confusing.  Like in the example above, isn't Plot Turn 2 and Resolution the same thing?  Also, I felt like I was trying to alter my story to fit into each of these 7 points.  Mine is a romance so I did a plot for both the hero and heroine and also did one for the best friend.  And what I noticed was that two of the three plots started to become identical (both of the males).  Not good. 

So I learned a lot through watching the videos and trying it out, but this is not the method for me. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Dan Wells' Seven Point Plot structure

Today I tried out Dan Wells' Story Structure System.  It seemed like the most straightforward of all the methods to follow.  Maybe because all you need is seven point plots.

There is a series of 5 ten-minute YouTube videos which you can watch here:

Dan Wells on Story Structure

Basically, a novel has seven plot points:

  1. The Hook
  2. Plot Turn 1
  3. Pinch 1
  4. Midpoint
  5. Pinch 2
  6. Plot Turn 2
  7. Resolution
Works well for action/adventure, horror, superhero stories. The closest example to my YA novel he gave was the one for romance using Pride and Prejudice.  I'm not quite convinced that the plot turns and "pinches' worked for me..  But check it out.  It may suit you.