The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna TarttThe difference betweenthe inciting incident and the end of the beginning A writer asks: isn't the inciting incident of an example I use -- the Pulitizer Prize winning The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt -- when he steals the painting (and well before the the End of the Beginning and 1st Energetic Marker at the 1/4 mark)? Yes, the dramatic action inciting incident is when he steals The Goldfinch in the museum. His action energizes the external action, changing the ordinary … [Read more...]

Identifying the Exact Right Protagonist Takes Time and An Open Mind

Real life versus fictionalizing for the sake of your story and your future readers He's researched the time period in history and the true-life facts of people and legal cases he plans to fictionalize in a thriller. Two main characters. Both male. One likable. The other, not so much.  Seems pretty obvious to me who carries the heart of the story. Conflict occurs when it's clear the writer is stuck on who he thinks "should" be the protagonist though he's ambivalent and he's also locked into the … [Read more...]

Writers: Enliven Your Imagination and Embrace the Miraculous

Dictionary definition of Imagination: The capacity to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen / experienced / isn't real The skill of thinking new things Creative ability Something that exists or happens in your mind   Does imagination come from our minds? Is it a brain-based skill? Or, does it come from outside of us like the muse? To embrace the miraculous demands an openness to all possibilities and a whimsical imagination. In today's world, we … [Read more...]

This is Your Year to Write that Story!

You've thought about it and thought and thought about writing a novel - memoir - screenplay. This is your year to stop thinking and time to write that story  Lots of people believe you're either born to be a writer or you're not. I believe that we all have stories to tell and, by writing consistently and studying the craft of plot, we each have the ability to write those stories. Some writers struggle finding and developing the plot and design of their stories. I also work with writers who … [Read more...]

Spiritual Guide for Writers: How to Embrace the Infinite Wisdom of the Universal Story and Transform Your Own Unique Creative Expression the Plot Whisperer Way

From years of working with writers and teaching about the Universal Story I've come to believe that we’re all on the same transformative journey, child, adult - all of us together. Without a map of the journey, we're often left reeling, feeling slapped by life and confused. I have that map and I'm eager to share it with you. Step away from the drama swirling in life Understand how your own personal story alignes with the Universal Story Appreciate the forces both supporting and interfering … [Read more...]