Changing POV

Q: My current story has my two main characters. The P.O.V. shifts from one to another in alternating chapters as the chase continues to a surprising climactic ending. I have written a plot summary (chapter by chapter so I know where it is going) and what the arc of the story will be. I have completed three chapters so far, but would appreciate any tips you might share with me on plotting my story with a shifting P.O.V. in this way A: A quick tip I can give you is this ~~ on your banner … [Read more...]

Elements of Plot

The following are questions that came up after the last post. Thought the questions and answers might help other writers so I include them below. Happy plotting...Q: So basically it’s the scene(s) in the climax section that we have to watch out for in terms of the final CED, to see if the character has evolved from the initial fatal flaw in the beginning of the story? A: Yes, the scene in the Climax is what each and every scene has been driving towards throughout the entire story, which is why … [Read more...]

Plot and Subplots

The following are questions Livvy had after my responses in the 10/11 post below.Q: I did have a question on your Folly example (note: Folly is a mystery by Laurie R. King). You said to use one color to write “arrival” to note Dramatic Action above the line? Then you said to use another color to write “fragile” to note the Character Emotional Development below the line? So am I supposed to plot two points for the same scene? I thought it was either or. Or are you saying for the initial CED, to … [Read more...]

Character Development and Dramatic Action

PLOT Q & AQ: How do you specifically track emotional development within the plot planner? A: Using the Plot Planner template, plot the scenes in the Beginning ¼ of your project either above or below the line, depending on if the character is in control (above the line) or an antagonist of some sort holds the power (below the line). Note the aspects of the Character Emotional Development (CED) introduced as is now ~~ flaws, fears, secrets and all. Use a different color from the notes you write … [Read more...]

Mostly It’s about Writing

Response:Mostly it's all about the writing and staying fluid. But, I, too, find benefit in the movement, the lining things up getting-ready-ritual. I'm sure you're jumping forth between writing and organizing by now.Keep imagining,marthaOriginal email:Thanks again for all your help. I've printed your scene tracker 20 times, labeled, and laminated back to back (10 laminated sheets) so I can use dry eraser and reuse them from story to story. Watch all this organization throw me into a writer's … [Read more...]


Thinking about something is cerebral and is generally written in summaryFeeling something is visceral and is generally written in scene. Track your story. How much out of body or in the head time versus how much in the body, experience time does your story encompass?Use the Scene Tracker Kit to deepen each and every scene you write. For more information, go to: … [Read more...]