She's been pre-plotting for more than 6 months, working out the non-linear dramatic action plot, the magical realism plot, the historical plot. We spent two hours, brainstorming the thematic significance statement while concentrating primarily on the protagonist's character development.
After she better understands the role of the scenes that lead up to the crisis and following the biggest scene in the story so far, she hung up from the consultation with lots of ideas to incorporate and the energy to start writing. A couple of weeks later, she asks for more time together. By then, she's firmed up the themes and worked out more of the magical legacy for her new story.
At the end of our session together, rather than support her urge to continue working out the various plots and theme and character development, this time I encourage her to begin writing. At some point, she has to get out of her head planning and plotting and get into her body and write. Writing is where the magic happens. Getting close to the character in moment-by-moment scenes connects her better to the character development than merely thinking about what she'll do or not do. She's ready.
Her time to write is now.
Today I write. How about you?
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Today, I write.
To familiarize yourself with the basic plot terms used here and in the PW Book of Prompts:
1) Watch the plot playlists on the Plot Whisperer Youtube channel.
2) Read The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master
3) Fill out the exercises in The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories
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