Plotting Characters: Climb Rather Than Fly

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Conference, plotting, writing | 19 comments

Hello all! This summer, I’ll be teaching about plotting at the WIFYR Conference (Writing and Illustrating For Young Readers), which is one of the finest conferences in the country. There are a great many authors who credit their publishing success with having attended this conference. Read more about WIFYR here, and if you can come, I’d love to have you in my class! To give you an idea of the importance of plotting, Becca Birkin, WIFYR assistant, is guest posting today. This is fairly rare for me, so you know this must be a good post!  * * * * * * * What an honor to visit...

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The Love Story of Plotting

Posted by on Nov 10, 2011 in plotting | 7 comments

Somewhere between a trip to Target and gassing up my car the other day, I fell in love. Well, I fell in lust. The love comes later. Not with a person (unless characters can be counted), but with a story idea. And reflecting on that, I realized that there’s not too much of a difference between the two. See here: Stage 1: Infatuation Your early stages of attraction are marked by near constant thoughts of him (Er, him is the story. I should make that clear.). You see signs of him everywhere, and even a look brings excitement. When he’s gone, you obsess over the details of your last encounter....

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