Writers Digest Named Plot Whisperer One of Its 101 Best Websites for Writers

+Writers Digest named Plot Whisperer one of its 101 Best Websites for Writers in 2015 The first time Plot Whisperer blog was named one of Writers Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers Award was in 2009. At the time, I wondered if anyone was even reading my blog. The award came quite unexpectedly. That a top change-maker in the writing field honored me in this way changed the way I viewed the posts I write for writers. Writers Digest named Plot Whisperer one of its Best Websites for Writers … [Read more...]

The Ebb and Flow of Creativity

The ebb and flow of creativity affects us all. Some days you're energized for writing and creating. Other days, you're sluggish and uninspired. We tend to revel in the up days and beat ourselves up on the down days. Living at the beach gives me a real sense of this ebb and flow. The waves come crashing in only to slowly back off and begin to ebb. The tide comes in. The tide goes out. Just because you have an off day, doesn't mean you won't ever have another great day. Just because the words … [Read more...]

What Is Dramatic Action?

What Qualifies as Dramatic Action? Is dramatic action more than action? More than simply doing? What qualifies action as dramatic action? Just read the following feedback from a Beta-member following 27-Step Tutorial: How Do I Plot a Novel, Memoir, Screenplay for Video #5: "Note to self - Running and in character's head is NOT action! Yup, got it! I guess I just needed to be hit a few more times in the head to get it! Thanks Martha! Love these How To Plot videos!" My answer: Running is … [Read more...]

Plot from the End

Learn how to write from the beginning as you plot your story from the end. Writing for discovery benefits creativity and, without a clear idea of where your story is taking you, can quickly lead you astray. Rather than for months wandering down dead-ends and dark alleyways, plot your story from the end to the beginning as your write from the beginning to the end. Writing from the beginning and plotting from the end supports both your logic and your imagination. As you write forward, constantly … [Read more...]

Plot Tip for the Middle of a Novel, Memoir, Screenplay

Plot tip for the middle of a novel-memoir-screenplay depends on overarching tension Do you use words like meddlesome, murky, sagging to describe the middle of an early draft of your novel, memoir, or screenplay? Depend on the following plot tip.   One way to support the Middle is by providing an overarching tension -- Will she or won't she? When the reader is clear there is something significant at stake, like life or death, and will be revealed later in the story, the reader is willing to … [Read more...]