What Is Dramatic Action?

Is dramatic action more than action? More than simply doing? What qualifies action as dramatic action? I just read the following feedback from a writer watching Video #5 of the 27-Step Tutorial: How Do I Plot a Novel, Memoir, Screenplay. "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!" What is Dramatic Action? Running is action. It's just not … [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...]

Control the Pacing of Your Novel, Memoir, Screenplay

Learn how to control the pacing of your novel, memoir, screenplay.  Plot the pace and intensity of all the major events of your novel, memoir, screenplay along the Plot Planner line. Rather than outline your plot in list-form or story-board your ideas in a flat and linear progression, plot the pacing of your scenes to rise and fall in the dynamic pattern found in all great stories.  As the line of the Plot Planner slowly rises at the beginning, control the pacing of the action, emotion, … [Read more...]

What is the Definition of Plot?

What is the Definition of Plot The definition of plot incorporates the 3 major plot lines in every great story: Dramatic Action Character Emotional Development Thematic Significance Also included in the definition of plot is the all important cause and effect.  Plot is how the dramatic action changes or transforms the protagonist's emotional development over time through cause and effect in a meaningful way. See for yourself: To learn how to incorporate all three plot lines and … [Read more...]