29 October 2013

Prepare for NaNoWriMo

Way back on January 1st of this year I invited you to join me in writing a new story, one prompt at a time in honor of my then new book, The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing.

Then I was writing all about beginnings and, with the help of the prompts, slipped easily into the exotic world of the middle.

I stopped writing shortly before the crisis scene in my story. No surprise there.

Now, an urgency to finish cries out and I'm inspired to use November to finish what I started earlier this year. Now, there's not enough time to daily follow only one prompt at a time. To finish my story in one month with the help of the prompts, I'll need to determine where I left off and how many prompts are left.

I invite you to write with me, beginning November 1st. Start writing from the very beginning of a new story, drag out and resuscitate an old story you never quite wrote all the way to the end or simply finish the story you've been working on all year.

If you're following along and wish to comment or ask questions, please use Twitter and be sure to include @plotwhisperer and #pwprompt to catch my attention.

For more about how to write the toughest scenes of your story, join me from the comfort of your home for this 1 1/2hour plot webinar hosted by The Writers Store: Writing Strong Crisis and Climax Scenes: The Two Keys to Screenplays That Connect with Audiences (and Hollywood)

Take the PLOTWRIMO Pre-Challenge:

You have 1 Month and 1 day to get a draft written in time for PlotWriMo. Beginning December 1st, follow the exercises on the Plot Whisperer blog to re"vision" and redefine the plot arc of your story. PlotWriMo is custom designed to ensure your success even during the busiest time of the year.
Begin 2014 ready for a powerful rewrite.
The following resources support you in your pre-challenge:
1) Plot your story step-by-step with the help of
The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories

2) Read The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master
named BEST BOOKS FOR WRITERS by Poets&Writers. The author provides insight on how to create works of fiction with powerful stories and focuses on how to devise a Universal Plot, plot lines and subplots, compelling scenes, and character transformation.
3) Refer to The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing
for writing prompts for scene #1 to the very The End, one prompt at a time.

4) Watch the Plot Series: How Do I Plot a Novel, Memoir, Screenplay? on YouTube. Scroll down on the left of this post for a directory of all the steps to the series. 27-step tutorial on Youtube

5) Watch the Monday Morning Plot Book Group Series on YouTube. Scroll down on the right of this post for a directory the book examples and plot elements discussed.

For more tips about how to use plot and the Universal Story in your novel, memoir or screenplay, visit:
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***** Knowing what to write where in a story with a plot reinforces daily writing practice and allows for more productivity in your writing. Whether writing a first draft or revising, if you falter wondering what comes next in a story with a plot, follow the prompts in The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing.

Today, I write.