Write Great Fiction - Plot & Structure

12 Feb

Write Great Fiction - Plot & Structure

Write Great Fiction - Plot & Structure

James Scott Bell

Language: English

Pages: 240


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Craft an Engaging Plot

How does plot influence story structure? What's the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that's gone off course?

With Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, you'll discover the answers to these questions and more. Award-winning author James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot, including:

  • Techniques for crafting strong beginnings, middles, and ends
  • Easy-to-understand plotting diagrams and charts
  • Brainstorming techniques for original plot ideas
  • Thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter
  • Story structure models and methods for all genres
  • Tips and tools for correcting common plot problems

Filled with plot examples from popular novels, comprehensive checklists, and practical hands-on guidance, Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure gives you the skills you need to approach plot and structure like an experienced pro.














quite ring true. The filmmakers had painted themselves into a corner. Since endings are so crucial, why not come up with a socko ending first? Try this: [1] Visualize a climactic scene in the theater of your mind. [2] Hear music to go with it. [3] Let the full range of emotions burst forth. [4] Add characters as you will to heighten conflict. [5] Play around with variations on this theme until something unforgettable happens. Then ask: [6] Who are the characters? [7] What circumstances

stakes? Almost always, death (physical or psychological) must be a very real possibility. [5] Is there some other element you can add that is fascinating? Think of the idea from every angle, and how you might add a twist or two that enlivens the whole. Yes, it’s more list making. Just do it. Like cookies and love, story ideas need to be fresh to be truly satisfying. By applying these questions to your story idea, you’ll keep yourself from starting down a long path that may turn toward

too deep down. They could never bring him to the surface. He seemed floating languidly in a sea of dreamy vision. Colors and radiances surrounded him and bathed him and pervaded him. What was that? It seemed a lighthouse; but it was inside his brain — a flashing, bright white light. It flashed swifter and swifter. There was a long rumble of sound, and it seemed to him that he was falling down a vast and interminable stairway. And somewhere at the bottom he fell into darkness. That much he knew.

the time we’re not really thinking about who we are. Yet the core is there. And we will do what we can to protect this core because, by and large, people resist change. So we surround that core with layers that are in harmony with our essential self. Working from the core outward, these layers include: (1) beliefs; (2) values; (3) dominant attitudes; and (4) opinions. If you think about it, these layers get “softer” as they move away from the core. Thus, the outer layers are easiest to change.

It is 1905, and he is 55, meaning he was born in 1850. Came to America, by way of NY, in 1867, aged 17, and pawed his way up. What is new about his threats? He has Irish charm to start, then turns cold as steel. He tells of his Irish background. Kit tells of her own father. He calls in his bodyguard. Maybe it’s the Bodyguard, approached and paid by Whitneys, who goes to the medium? What if Mahoney dies and a Medium says in a séance with Mahoney’s widow that it was Truman Harcourt that did this?

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