Category Archives: Writing Tips

PLOTTING BY DESIGN

plotting-ladyPlotting a book doesn’t happen by accident, it must be designed. Just as a baker needs a recipe, a seamstress needs a pattern, and a builder needs a blueprint, a writer does best with a plot.

Structuring your manuscript doesn’t have to be hard. A plot is simply like a road map. It doesn’t mean you won’t take detours or hit potholes along the way. It doesn’t even mean you’ll stay on the right road — but it will guide you.  It provides the parameters and guides along the way to help you reach your destination.

There are many different ways people have plotted their books -and I’m probably the worst for putting all my notes, outlines, character sketches, and everything else in one notebook.   I have found, however, that using a simple template or spreadsheet certainly helps in keeping timelines straight and remembering who has blue eyes and who has red hair.

Here are a couple of free sheets to help you get your manuscript plotted.

CHARTING SPREADSHEET

PLOT TEMPLATE

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Collaborative Anthologies – A Quick Read – A-Z Stories from around the World.

A QUICK READ“A QUICK READ” was showcased in Sally Cronin’s blog, “Smorgasbord Book Promotion” in the United Kingdom, thanks to Patricia Salamone, one of the contributors.

Writers were given a challenge: write a complete story in 26 sentences — with the first letter of each sentence beginning with a sequential letter of the alphabet.  Amazing writers from all over the world responded. Could you do it?

Two stories in the book can be read in the Stories to Read tab that follow the format of only 26 sentences. “Inside Ballerina” and “The Fisherman.”

You can read Patricia Salamone’s story, “Getting Old,”  which is featured on the Sally’s link below.

“As a lover of short stories I feel that a collection of short stories is a wonderful way for writers to showcase their work, but is also an excellent and cost effective bargain for the reader,” said Sally Cronin.

Read more at: Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Collaborative Anthologies – A Quick Read – A-Z Stories from around the World.