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by Mike Dickson
October 29th, 2010, 8:03 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot outlines
Replies: 22
Views: 8618

Re: Plot outlines

Here's my outline template; Introductions Inciting crisis First rising action Second rising action Third rising action Climax Tragic crisis First falling action Second falling action Third falling action Final crisis Denouement For a novel I'd divide that outline into twelve chapters with however m...
by Mike Dickson
October 29th, 2010, 7:50 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot outlines
Replies: 22
Views: 8618

Re: Plot outlines

How did I miss this thread?? So much info. Have you guys tried the Snowflake method or any of the writing software like YWriter? Did they help? I have the snowflake method software. In my opinion it's not as easy as it looks. For example, as a beginner, I have been studying the craft of writing fic...
by Mike Dickson
October 27th, 2010, 2:52 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot outlines
Replies: 22
Views: 8618

Re: Plot outlines

S.B. and I outline obsessively-- or more to the point, S.B. insists upon outlining obsessively. We talk out the plot and most of the main twists and the ending. When we actually wrote the first draft, there were some minor revisions, but they were to sequence of events or the exclusion of some scen...
by Mike Dickson
October 27th, 2010, 2:19 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot outlines
Replies: 22
Views: 8618

Plot outlines

Outliners, how complete are your plot's when you start writing your first draft? How flawed are they? Do they show just the basics or do you have twists and turns built in? Polymath has been helping me with a plot. we talked about the basics. I've built on the basics but still have a problem with sp...
by Mike Dickson
October 25th, 2010, 10:38 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Other Outlets
Replies: 6
Views: 893

Re: Other Outlets

Have you thought about your local library? In my area they are always looking for people to read different stories to groups. sometimes children sometimes adults. At my local library they just had someone read Edgar Alan Poe. I went to it to learn more about his writing. It was actually pretty fun. ...
by Mike Dickson
October 17th, 2010, 11:39 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot Questions.
Replies: 2
Views: 514

Re: Plot Questions.

E.F. Huttons got nothin' on Polymath! I'm glad this forum has given something back. We rely on your expertise and listen to every word you write. I mean that literally as I have to read and re read each word (often with a dictionary) to understand your teachings. When it finally clicks, I felt as th...
by Mike Dickson
October 15th, 2010, 8:29 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot help
Replies: 16
Views: 2265

Re: Plot help

Good bare bones mystery plot sketch reminiscient of '50s era true crime and mystery narratives. I'm assuming it's for an exercise in writing and perhaps an assigned writing project, so I'll be a little freer with sharing my creative vision, hopefully, without too much imposition. My bucket list act...
by Mike Dickson
October 14th, 2010, 5:15 pm
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: Basic plot outline
Replies: 3
Views: 4332

Basic plot outline

Is there enough to build on? Joe Hayward is a successful equity trader visiting his family from New York. Holding a celebrities status, townspeople come to visit him at the local restaraunt. Will Ryland, journalist and family friend, takes notes for next weeks paper. The conversation is heated when ...
by Mike Dickson
October 14th, 2010, 5:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot help
Replies: 16
Views: 2265

Re: Plot help

Possible short synopsis. Joe Hayward is a successful equity trader visiting his family from New York. Holding a celebrities status, townspeople come to visit him at the local restaraunt. Will Ryland, journalist and family friend, takes notes for next weeks paper. The conversation is heated when farm...
by Mike Dickson
October 12th, 2010, 5:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot help
Replies: 16
Views: 2265

Re: Plot help

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by Mike Dickson
October 12th, 2010, 3:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot help
Replies: 16
Views: 2265

Re: Plot help

Polymath, Thank you for your time and thoughts on this. I appreciate how you take the time to explain yourself so I can fully understand. You have a gift. As far as the plot goes, I'll maybe twist some things around and see where it goes from there. With all your wisdom regarding plots, is there a f...
by Mike Dickson
October 12th, 2010, 1:48 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot help
Replies: 16
Views: 2265

Re: Plot help

Three rivals for land suggests to me a family involvement. Say, three relatives contesting a family estate. I'm not thinking family, and a squablle over land is too predictable in my opinion. Perhaps the water issue would make a better story, however killing one person while simutaneoulsy framing t...
by Mike Dickson
October 12th, 2010, 11:37 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot help
Replies: 16
Views: 2265

Re: Plot help

Here is my basic plot. Keep in mind I thought of this about two hours ago and thought it may be worth more thought. The setting is a small farming community. A not so popular farmer in the community calls an old nemesis of his to come out to the farm as he has something to show him. A little backgro...
by Mike Dickson
October 12th, 2010, 9:48 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot help
Replies: 16
Views: 2265

Plot help

Why would competiting American farmers want to kill each other?

That's the question I need answered.

Competition? If so, what about the competition would cause one to kill the other?

Thanks to all of you!
by Mike Dickson
September 13th, 2010, 6:42 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Can TIME be the antagonist?
Replies: 5
Views: 1938

Can TIME be the antagonist?

I have an idea where time is the enemy. It's basically a race against time. Does that work?