Dec. 2nd, 2011

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Ooooh! Just came across something (via[community profile] nano_writers) I think I'm going to participate in this month. Thought I'd share!

It's the 4th Annual International Plot Writing Month.

This is a chance to revision and redefine the plot arch of your project before actually rewriting the manuscript. (This also works for writers without a first draft. Whether you merely have an idea for a story, a few chapters or scenes, just tweak the assignments to make them work for wherever you are in the process.)

Writers follow the blog from all over the world everyday every December for plot tips and tricks and inspiration beginning Dec. 1st to shape their words into a compelling story.

No writing is required. Instead, you'll step back and consider the overall structure and plot of your story, push aside the words and analyze the characters and dramatic action and thematic significance you have written to craft the project into a coherent piece worthy of publication. . Brainstorm for an effortless draft two in the new year.

It's only day 2, so I'm planning to head over today - or this weekend, at the latest!

Edit:  Also came across some gems on craft from Janis Hubschman via this post from Jane Friedman.

"When the story stalls, ask: what is the character thinking now? Is she thinking anything? If not, why not? Characters need to learn something about themselves, about their values and assumptions.

To gain insight into a character, consider her history: Think about what happened before the story, what tortuous path led the character to this particular moment?

Allow the character to misinterpret another character’s words or actions. In life, we often misread a situation, jump to conclusions. Interesting things can happen when characters make presumptions or project their own hang-ups onto others."

The original post from Janis Hubschman, which was part of Glimmer Train can be found here.
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 - Go through The Writer's Workout (NOT an affiliate link)  (One per day)

- Improve on my ability to write SHORT stories

- Write 1 piece per month for possible publication

- Submit 1 piece of writing a quarter for possible publication

- Write 150k with [community profile] inkingitout- Make check-ins on Sunday (WB and ROW80), Tuesday (WB) and Thursday (WB).

-  Have rough draft for Return of Shadows (working title) completed NLT 21 March 2012

- Have FINAL draft for Return of Shadows (working title) completed by 31 May 2012.

- Have outline for Book #2 done NLT 31 May 2012

- Start writing Book #2 in the series by June 1 2012

- Have rough draft for Book #2 completed by 15 October 2012

- Have FINAL draft for Book #2 completed by 31 December 2012

Shorter Term Goals

Complete PlotWriMo
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Exercise for Day #1 

Found at:

"Fill out the following for your protagonist. If you have written a story with multiple viewpoint characters or strong secondary characters fill out the following for those characters as well. If the major antagonist(s) in your story is a person, fill out the following for that character, too. (If you filled out this profile(s) at an earlier point in your writing, do it again now without referring to the earlier form(s))"

Character’s name:

Dramatic Action Plot

Overall story goal:
What stands in her way:
What does she stand to lose:

Character Emotional Development Plot


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