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The basic plots in literature

The basic plots in literature
Example Questions That Can Be Answered Using This FAQ I’ve heard there are only 7 (or 5, 20, 36…) basic plots (or themes) in all of literature. What are they? People often say that there are only a certain number of basic plots in all of literature, and that any story is really just a variation on these plots. Depending on how detailed they want to make a "basic" plot, different writers have offered a variety of solutions. 1 Plot | 3 Plots | 7 Plots | 20 Plots | 36 Plots 1 Plot: Attempts to find the number of basic plots in literature cannot be resolved any more tightly than to describe a single basic plot. 3 Plots: Foster-Harris. "’Type A, happy ending’"; Foster-Harris argues that the "Type A" pattern results when the central character (which he calls the "I-nitial" character) makes a sacrifice (a decision that seems logically "wrong") for the sake of another 7 Plots 7 basic plots as remembered from second grade by IPL volunteer librarian Jessamyn West: [wo]man vs. nature [wo]man vs. Related:  How Toarticles

The Subplot - Not Second Place, but Side by Side There is one element in plotting our story that we sometimes forget or neglect—the subplot. The subplot is what rounds out a novel or screenplay, informing it with another shade of emotional colour to deliver a satisfying and entertaining experience. It is the parallel narrative that allows the writer to explore theme, deepen characterisation, add tension or allow some relief. Love and other pursuits. A great subplot should help you sustain your plot and illuminate the central characters. Start writing your book with our Writers Write - how to write a book - course. by Anthony Ehlers Anthony has facilitated courses for Writers Write since 2007.

Great British Obsessions: The Etiquette of the Queue | Bizarre Britain Queuing and the British – image by cobrasoft It’s often said that Britain would win automatic Gold if queuing became an Olympic sport. The length of time we spend standing in line is also one of our core topics of conversation. I was impressed – and a little surprised – to see TV shots of long lines of Americans patiently waiting to vote in the Presidential elections last year. We queue a lot. Traditionally, a British queue is an orderly line with simple rules. There are some basic rules that we take very seriously: It’s just not cricket to queue jump. We’re nothing if not progressive over here and have, in recent years, experimented with different kinds of queuing systems.We understand how to take a ticket and wait for our number to be called. It’s worth noting that the British are also extremely adept at ‘clump-queuing’. Related posts:

33 Ways to Write Stronger Characters (and why they should be your #1 concern) — She's Novel 21. Find their gender. In most cases, your character's gender matters less than you would think. Just because you had a male protagonist in mind doesn't mean that they would be the best choice for your novel, or vice versa. Take the time to consider everything your character will go through. Which gender would realistically be able to tell that story best? 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. Who were they in the beginning? That is your character's story. Not 32 individual statements, but one incredible story of was and is and will become. Feeling inspired to strengthen your own characters? The Lost Art of the Mixtape — Cuepoint I spend a lot of time wishing that the cassette tape would make a comeback. There was a lot to love about cassettes, not the least of which was making mixtapes. While the phrase “mixtape” is still around, it’s come to mean something different, something other than the long lost tradition of meticulously recording song after song off of albums and the radio in order to make a perfect musical love letter. The art — and make no mistake about it, it is an art — of making a mixtape is lost on a generation that only has to drag and drop to complete a mix. There was a certain ritual to making a perfect mixtape, one that could take hours to finish (maybe even days, depending on how much you wanted to impress the recipient). It was about so much more than grouping some tunes together. There would be albums strewn about the room. When the mix was completed, you’d sit back and admire your handiwork. I still have a couple of mixtapes collecting dust in my parents’ attic.

Fictional Culture The way I build worlds is by collecting cool stuff from the history, myth and people around me. I blend these details with my own imagination, and create my own cultures. Culture is a vital part to realistic worldbuilding. Normally there are a few particular cultures that interest me at a given time. In the long term, there is nothing more inspiring and challenging than visiting foreign cultures yourself (especially if you can get far beyond your comfort zone to do it). But reading (non-fiction, myth/legend/fairytales, as well as the classics like Dune and Lord of the Rings) and watching documentaries/films can get you a long way toward filling up on your inspiration tank. It’s important to remember: Culture in fiction isn’t a rod to get a point across. What is the most important ideal to this culture as a whole? Like this: Like Loading...

VANDANA SHIVA: The End of Consumerism is the Beginning of the Joy of Living Vandana Shiva My ecological journey started in the forests of the Himalaya. My father was a forest conservator, and my mother became a farmer after fleeing the tragic partition of India and Pakistan. It is from the Himalayan forests and ecosystems that I learned most of what I know about ecology. My involvement in the contemporary ecology movement began with “Chipko,” a nonviolent response to the large-scale deforestation that was taking place in the Himalayan region. In the 1970s, peasant women from my region in the Garhwal Himalaya had come out in defense of the forests. Logging had led to landslides and floods, and scarcity of water, fodder and fuel. Women knew that the real value of forests was not the timber from a dead tree, but the springs and streams, food for their cattle and fuel for their hearths. A folk song of that period said: These beautiful oaks and rhododendrons,They give us cool waterDon’t cut these treesWe have to keep them alive. The women sang back in chorus:

Truths About Fiction The following essay was previewed in the class that Stephen Graham Jones taught for LitReactor, Your Life Story Is Five Pages Long. 1. The reader should never have to work to figure out the basics of your story. Who’s whose wife or husband, what the time period is if that matters, why these people have broken into this house, and on and on, just the basic, ground-level facts about your story. 2. Meaning you don’t have to lay every last detail of every last thing out. The best writers are the ones who can cover the most distance with the fewest words. 3. It can be as simple as if the story opens with what feels like a dramatic frame—two people sitting by a fireplace, talking over brandy—then we already expect the story to circle back to that fireplace. 4. You open with a hook, of course—the title—then you hook with the first line, then, usually at the end of the first paragraph, you set that hook. 5. They’re not reading so you can render for them their already quotidian lives. 6. 7. 8. 9.

The violin thief | The Washington Post Folsom, Pa. The Johnson family’s neighborhood, just a half-hour southwest of Philadelphia, is made up of the neat, modest brick houses that sprang up all across postwar America. It was not a happy home. “She would say, ‘It’s like the day you were born, my life ended,’ ” Carol recalls being told. Life for the baby is different. “You keep your mouth shut,” his father shoots back. Bobby plays the violin first. “I could barely think of what to show him,” Robert Johnson Jr. says today. He takes lessons in elementary school, immediately standing out. “Phil was hands down the best violinist,” says Stephen Nazigian, a classmate. [How old-fashioned research unlocked Philip Johnson’s story] With the boy outgrowing the school program, the family tracked down Jerome Wigler, Juilliard-trained and a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Wigler remembers his proselytizing. “He would try to get them to join the church,” says Wigler.

How to Write a Plot Outline: Infographic Learning how to write a plot outline is an essential skill if you want to become a prolific author. Whether you find the distant target of reaching a substantial word length or the creation of a satisfying, forward-moving plot daunting, if you write a plot outline for your novel in advance you will have a blueprint that you can alter if necessary as you go. Our previous post on the subject suggested 7 ways you can outline your novel. We’ve since converted this information into the handy infographic below. Click image to view full size Once you have your outline written, the matter of writing your first draft remains. The Hero’s Journey Kansas University’s Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction has a useful page featuring a number of infographics that expand on the mythologist Joseph Campbell’s plot structure theory, ‘The Hero’s Journey’. 10 Rules for Writing First Drafts Click the button below for free top tips for writing a novel Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below):