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Friday, July 29, 2011

PLOTTING YOUR NOVEL DAY 5: CHARACTER-BASED VIEW OF PLOT

It's the end of summer for me, which means I'll be heading back to Texas to get ready for the upcoming school year.  But don't fret, I'll still be blogging and writing.  I'll be driving back home today after a great vacay with my hubby, but I wanted to get this blog post up before I left. So, enjoy and the next time I blog will be from home sweet home!

DAY 5: CHARACTER-BASED VIEW OF PLOT

A character-based view of plot means that the plot of your novel is character driven.  And in my humble opinion, it should be.  Characters are the heart of story even though you might have a message you're trying to teach. Ms. Klein says that characters have a lot to do with plot.  Here are some things to consider:

1. Establish a character with a drive of which he or she may not be aware, or something to gain/lose, or both.

2. Story presents character with a situation.

3. Plot should force the character to make decisions.

4. In the new situation, the character's drive is seen.

5. What is your MC's thing to be gained or lost? What does he/she want? What is his/her desire?

6. In a book, something is broken.  The plot should dramatize it.

How does your character drive your plot?

Up next: Day 6: The Types of Plots

1 comment:

  1. Interesting, Malissa. I've been following these posts all week. They help sharpen my focus on my WIP's. Thank you!

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