How to Plot a Novel Plotting a novel is no small task. Not only do you have a lot of events to dream up, you also have to make the readers keep turning the pages. And that is what plot is all about at the end of the day - entertainment. There are probably countless reasons why you decided to write a novel in the first place. Plot is the thing that allows you to pour your soul out on paper without sending the rest of the world to sleep. Plot will play a big part in your novel, then, which is why it's kind of on the complicated side. So long as you go about it logically and build the plot one small piece at a time, you'll be fine. Let's start with the most basic of questions... What Is a Plot? Yes, I know that sounds like a stupid question, but I've always been a great believer in beginning right at the grassroots. A plot is a series of linked events. If all of that is clear – great! Three Act Structure Three is the magic number of plot - not just novel plots, but short story, movie and stage play plots. Result?
Scrivener Hybrid Outlining By J. A. Marlow Copyright © 2009 by J. A. Outlining styles differ among authors, varying from none, to extremely minimalistic, to highly detailed. As I’ve been asked repeatedly how I outline and with what program, In this article I hope to share a few of the tidbits I’ve learned along the way using the writing program called Scrivener ( Note: Potential alternatives to Scrivener, which is Mac only, are SuperNotecard ( for planning and outlining and Liquid Story Binder ( for writing and organizing. Outlines Outlines are very individual to the writer and the book. For the outlining itself, we’ll be using Scrivener’s virtual corkboard and index cards. The Scene Outline Make sure you have access to the Binder (click the far left icon in the toolbar if you don’t see it). I use each individual index card for one scene, although this could also work by making each card a chapter.
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A creative writing activity: A dark and stormy night Submitted 48 years 7 months ago by admin. This is an idea I learned when I first started teaching and still use to this day. The main focus of the activity is on developing writing skills, but it's also good for developing listening and reading skills and also for practising past tenses and descriptive vocabulary. The activity should work at most levels above elementary, as long as your students have some knowledge of past tenses, but it works best when they also know past continuous / progressive too. The listening part comes first: Ask the students to draw the face of a person in the top right-hand corner of the page. In this way they build up a character profile for the person they are going to write about. The writing part: Now dictate the following sentence to your students: 'It was a dark and stormy night and'. Follow up: Once all the stories are complete there are a number of follow-up options you can try. Nik Peachey, Teacher, Trainer, Materials writer, British Council
hero's journey "A Practical Guide to Joseph Cambell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces" by Christopher Vogler © 1985 “There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.” In the long run, one of the most influential books of the 20th century may turn out to be Joseph Campbell’s THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES. The book and the ideas in it are having a major impact on writing and story-telling, but above all on movie-making. Filmmakers like John Boorman, George Miller, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Coppola owe their successes in part to the ageless patterns that Joseph Campbell identifies in the book. The ideas Campbell presents in this and other books are an excellent set of analytical tools. With them you can almost always determine what’s wrong with a story that’s floundering; and you can find a better solution almost any story problem by examining the pattern laid out in the book. There’s nothing new in the book.
5 Philippine mysteries for Sherlock to solve What would the great detective say about white ladies, taxi crime, and Anne Curtis? FAVORITE SLEUTH. What mysteries would you like Sherlock to solve? MANILA, Philippines – Sherlock fans around the world are currently in the midst of a delight-induced stupor, following the premiere episode of the hotly anticipated 3rd season. BBC One's modern take on the beloved classic is inspiring a renewed interest in the detective, as well as in the actor who plays him, the wildly popular Benedict Cumberbatch. In the spirit of the new season, here are 5 mysteries based right here in the Philippines that we think Sherlock would chew up and spit out like the proverbial hound from Baskerville: Warning: Spoilers for those who haven't seen the first and second seasons Sherlock. 1. Will glancing at the rearview mirror of your car reveal the terrifying sight of a ghostly lady in white? 2. Who's telling the truth? Conflicting statements wouldn't do much to deter Sherlock. 3. 4. 5. – Rappler.com
Collaborative writing with a methodology tweak | How I see it now Collaborative writing with a methodology tweak It never ceases to amaze me that after so many years of teaching experience, I’m still learning new things concerning classroom methodology. Not only do I benefit from attending conferences and reading ELT blogs, but I also learn a great deal by observing my own students. I’m sure that all of you have already done some kind of collaborative writing with your classes. It’s nothing new under the sun after all. Personally, I use collaborative writing activities quite often. Today we did a similar thing in class, but I decided to change the procedure a bit. I demanded that each member of the group was writing, i. e. all the 3-4 students were producing the same thing at the same time – each of them on a separate sheet of paper. I noticed that this method had some advantages in comparison with the traditional one. Like this: Like Loading... About Hana Tichá I'm an EFL teacher based in the Czech Republic.
Story Starters & Idea Generators One of the best ways to break through writer's block or stretch your writing skills is to pick a story starter and just start writing. Suggestions on how to use each generator are included with the generator. Caveat: There's always a temptation to keep looking for the "perfect" idea, but then you need to ask yourself...are you really just trying to avoid writing? Problem: You can't get a story started Solution: Archetype's Plot Scenario Generator What it is: This generator provides you with the event that gets the story rolling and a secondary conflict to keep you going! Problem: Your characters lack depth Solution: Archetype's Character Generator What it is: A quick character sketch filled with the kinds of little details that makes stories engaging: character gender, cardinal traits, weaknesses, and most prized possession. Problem: Your characters don't feel like "real" people Solution: Archetype's Everyday Problems Generator Looking for something you don't see? Getting Yourself Started
creative writing prompts . com ideas for writers Sketch a Novel in an Hour Exercise Sketch a Novel in an Hour By Christina F. York and J. Steven York, www.YorkWriters.com Based on Outline a Novel in a Hour, an exercise by Alicia Rasley, A free-writing exercise designed to help you discover the novel already inside you. For the purposes of a non-fiction book, you can treat a real person, place, theme, subject as the main “character” of your book, and work from there. This is a free-writing exercise. In free-writing, don’t worry about spelling, correctness, or even coming up with complete sentences. It’s fine to write multiple, or even contradictory answers to each question. If really you can’t think of anything to write, write the last word you put on the page, or a random word (I suggest “banana”) over and over to keep your hands and fingers moving. Remember that this is not a test. Decide how long you want to give each question. Read each question in turn, and think about how it applies to your potential novel. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Help:
10 Elements of the Intellectual Thriller Books Being a species of the genus known as Bestselling Novel, the Intellectual Thriller is not necessarily intellectual, nor is it much of a thriller, but I have chosen to use this particular denomination since calling it by its real name – which is Kind of Predictable Story about a Mystery that Involves Members of the Academia and Has an Actually Kind of Meh Ending – would obviously require typing too many letters over and over again. The Intellectual Thriller can take on several forms. First and foremost, there is The Intellectual Thriller with a Name-Dropping Title. Here, the mystery surrounds a Prestigious Historical Person. Other Intellectual Thrillers, like Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteen Tale or Scarlett Thomas’ The End of Mr. All this is not to say that I’m joining the (bestselling) book burners. Element: The Really Disturbing Occurrence Any self-respecting Intellectual Thriller must begin with a Really Disturbing Occurrence. Element: The Chosen One Element: The Mentor
Write ten Sentences daily routine in English Write ten sentences daily routine in English. You can start your essay as below: We can write daily routine sentences for many reasons and they all have to be in the present simple. We will give some examples on how to write ten sentences daily routine in English My daily routine: My name is Adam. Also your daily routine essay or the sentences in the paragraph should have some of the following: It is your turn now. Write ten sentences daily routine in English about yourself. More writing topics and short paragraphs: Write ten sentences about your job in English. You can write your weekly or monthly routine in a similar way .