Now that title is scary! You are either hearing someone speak who has an Austrian accent or the twilight zone music is playing in the back ground. I'm not from Austria so it must be the later.
I intended to only do a post on Plot. But while I've been gone, so many nice bloggers have done so many nice things that I will take you through all of that and then a very short, and hopefully thought provoking thing about plot. (Please note, all you aspiring authors, don't use the word thing in your manuscript or it will be a thing of the past. Oh, and don't use cliches either).
Terry Wright, a super nice guy, fellow member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and a self published author who just started an e-pub business, highlighted little me on his web page. Click here to view and while you're there, click home and take a look at all he's doing.
Jules, at Trying to Get Over the Rainbow created the heart below titled, Blogger = love. It's free to all who would like it in the hope that everyone who clicks on your follow button will grab the heart as well. Great idea, Jules.
The Words Crafter at Rainy Day Wanderer gave me these two awards.
The Stylish Blogger Award and the Write Hard Award.
To accept the Stylish Blogger Award you should.
1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.
2. List seven things about yourself.
3. Pass it on to 15 new blogger friends.
I recently posted the Stylish Blogger award and gave it to 42 new followers. Since then, I have a few more new followers but I won't make the required number of people. I also did a character study about the seven things about me and if you missed it you can read it here. So I won't re-post that. Yes, I'm being lazy.
The Write Hard Award is for bloggers who inspire me. Let's see...that would be all of you. Just like The Word Crafter said. So all you wonderfully inspiring folks, please grab the Write Hard Award...and do write hard.
Thank you Terry, Jules and Word Crafter for all the wonderful things you do. I appreciate everyone one of you.
Here are my new blog followers:
Susan at Cheekyness
Michelle at The Innocent Flower
Sandra at Absolutely Narcissism
ggtwppjnl who doesn’t have a blog or web site that I could find, but I appreciate you any way ggt.
Jen at Widdershins and Skeleton Keys
Kristin at The Poe Family Blog
Check them out everyone.
Now for a little bit about Plot.
I bought a new book. The book's copyright page says 2003, so it is only new to me and maybe to you too.
Title: 20 Master Plots and how to build them by Ronald B. Tobias
Here is a teaser:
Story VS. Plot
Novelist E. M. Forster spent a lot of time thinking about writing. He tried to explain the difference between story and plot in his book Aspects of the Novel. "The king died and the queen died." Two events. A simple narration. This is story.
But if you connect the first movement (the death of the king) with the second movement (the death of the queen) and make one action the result of the other, we would have a plot. "The king died and then the gueen died of grief."
Add a touch of suspense: "The queen died and no one knew why until it was discovered that it was through grief at the death of the king."
Story, then, is a chronicle of events. The listener wants to know what comes next.
Plot is more than just a chronicle of events. The listener asks a different question: "Why does this happen?"
Story is a series of events strung like beads on a string. (This happened and then this happened and the...).
Plot is a chain of cause-and-effect relationships that constantly create a pattern of unified action and behavior. Plot involves the reader in the game of "Why?"
Quote from page 12 of; 20 Master Plots and how to build them.
Next week: Master Plot 1; Quest.
By then I will have time to read the book and only quote a little.
Enjoy your day!