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Offline julianiskaka

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Plot development freeze
« on: April 28, 2019, 06:44:14 AM »
    I find myself in something of a puzzling situation. I started writing short stories (20-30 pages) over the holidays and worked my way up into the mid seventies in length. When I finished my last story I had a good idea for my next writing project. I started a story involving my main character's Grandfathers meeting in the Korean War. The first four pages of that story were easily drafted and then the whole plot basically fell apart infront of me as I was typing. I like the first four pages but am at a complete loss as to how to move forward. I have a basic outline of what I thought I wanted to do but now when I look at it I see, "He goes here..." "He does that..." and is about as interesting as reading US Tax Code Laws. Any ideas?  ???  ???  ???


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Re: Plot development freeze
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2019, 12:01:42 PM »
It may not be your problem, but one of the most common reasons for a promising storyline suddenly running out of steam is that the writer doesn't really know enough about the era or characters they are trying to portray.

It's relatively easy to write about an area or era you know well, either through first hand experience or research, and the latter can include listening to relatives who were there.

But if you have no empathy for the characters your prose will always feel flat to you.

You don't have to like them, but you need to see their world through their eyes, feel what they feel.  Like a Method Actor you need to become them for a while.

The Korean war was long enough ago to be a semi-footnote to history, but not far back enough to have gained the 'glamour' of really ancient wars.

But just because you've stalled on one part of your collection of short stories it doesn't mean you can't write others.  Put the Korean war to one side for a while, but research it a bit whilst doing something else.  This will keep your enthusiasm for writing alive and let your subconscious sort out 'Korea' in the background.

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Re: Plot development freeze
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2019, 05:06:03 AM »
Possibly you could simply think about what type of plot(s) you would
like to put in your story?

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Re: Plot development freeze
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2019, 03:12:45 PM »
Sometimes, there are so much plot that it's hard to know where to begin. I will do some research on the subject, and post what I think will be of interest writers.  jt

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Re: Plot development freeze
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2019, 03:30:46 PM »
Hope this helps.....  jt

Plot Structure in Fiction

1. What Is Plot? Conflict Plot Structure Timing and Pacing Flashback Flash-Forward Foreshadowing Practice Feature Menu

 2.  What Is Plot? Plot is the series of related events that make up a story or drama. • Like links in a chain, each event hooks our curiosity and pulls us forward to the next event.

 3.  Conflict Conflict is the struggle or clash between opposing characters or forces. Conflicts may be external: firefighter vs. fire internal: firefighter vs. his or her fear or

 4.  Conflict An external conflict may be a struggle between • two characters • a character and a group • a character and something nonhuman

 5.  Conflict An internal conflict is a struggle that takes place within a character’s mind or heart. • Characters struggle with themselves to make decisions.

 6.  Is this an external or internal conflict? Conflict Quick Check Rainsford knew he could do one of two things. He could stay where he was and wait. That was suicide. He could flee. That was postponing the inevitable. For a moment he stood there, thinking. An idea that held a wild chance came to him, and, tightening his belt, he headed away from the swamp. from “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell

 7.  Plot Structure Plots are usually built in five major parts. Beginning of Story/Exposition Climax Resolution Rising Action Falling Action

 8.  Plot Structure • opening of the story 1 Basic situation, or exposition • characters and their conflicts are introduced Paul wants to go to an out-of-state university, but his family can only afford to pay the tuition at a local college.

 9.  Plot Structure 2 Rising Action • The main character takes action but encounters more problems or complications. Paul goes to work on a nearby farm to earn extra money. There, he meets Miranda, and the two start dating.

 10.  Plot Structure 3 Climax • key scene in the story—the most tense, exciting, or terrifying moment • reveals the outcome of the conflict Paul and Miranda argue about his leaving for university. Paul must choose to stay or go.

 11.  Plot Structure 4 Resolution, or denouement • final part of the story • the conflict is resolved Paul decides to leave for university. Miranda makes plans to visit him and wishes him well.

 12.  Timing and Pacing The plot of a story is framed by a time span that suits the writer’s purpose. minutes hours days weeks years

 13.  Timing and Pacing Most stories are told in chronological order, the order in which events unfold in real time. First Second Third Last

 14.  Timing and Pacing Sometimes, writers might manipulate time to control our emotions. They might • slow down time to emphasize a moment of danger • speed up time to skip over events that don’t move the story along

 15.  Flashback Flashback—a scene that interrupts the present action of the plot to flash backward and tell what happened at an earlier time. Flashbacks can Past • provide background information • strengthen our understanding of a character Present 

 16.  Flash-Forward Flash-Forward—a scene that interrupts the present action of the plot to shift into the future. Future Present • Flash-forwards can create dramatic irony. The readers know what will happen in the future, but the characters don’t. 

 17.  Foreshadowing Foreshadowing is the use of clues to hint at events that will occur later in the plot. • Foreshadowing can make a story more exciting by increasing suspense.

 18.  Choose a children’s story or fairy tale that is familiar to you. Practice • Draw a plot diagram like the one shown here. • Add labels describing the key parts of the story’s plot. • Use your imagination to write a flashback that could occur in one part of the story.

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Re: Plot development freeze
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2019, 03:18:49 PM »
Hi julianiskaka,

The way you expressed, "he goes here... he does that..." makes me wonder if those scenes are connected to the plot line(s).  I think scenes might feel random or boring if the reader can't see how they are connected to what the story is about.  Just my 2 cents.

Hope you will pick up your excitement and continue with your story.