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This week I’ve been thinking long and hard about Plot.
I’ve studied the three act structure. I’ve ripped apart my manuscript to make sure my Plot Points were as they should be. I have analyzed this thing down to it’s core.
You see…I am, by nature, not a Plotter. I am a Pantser.
After the rough draft, I sat down to take a long, hard look at my manuscript. One BIG thing stood out. MY LACK OF PLOTTING WAS OBVIOUS.
I wanted to cry. I even contemplated having a hissy fit. Because I knew when I started this that structure was a necessity for me.
And I paid no attention to that little nugget of knowledge.
Instead, I wrote what I wanted, how I wanted and let the story tell itself.
Things didn’t flow as they should. Key turning points were in the wrong spot. Characters were not complex enough. And conflict was severely inadequate.
Now…granted…all of this is fixable and that’s what rewrites are for. But I’m one of those “find the most efficient way to do everything” people.
And my method wasn’t efficient.
However…it was eye opening.
Some people are Pantser’s and they are good at it. Others need the structure of a well thought out plot.
By nature, I am a Pantser, but by necessity, I am a Plotter.
Now…there are a lot of different opinions on Plot and Story Structure. But, I tend to lean toward the approach of screenwriter’s: The Three Act Structure. I particularly lean toward the ideas of Blake Snyder over at Save the Cat.
My thought is this: Structure is a tool. Tools make a job easier if you know how to use them.
If you are caught in the space between Pantsing and Plotting, trying to decide whether or not to give Plotting a try, this is for you. 🙂
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