Structure of Plot: In our own stories

It’s Outer Journey week.  Today we’re going to see if we can flesh out the major plot points in the one-liner‘s we’re working on.

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Structure of Plot: How Lisa Unger does it

We’re doing the Outer Journey this week, and today we’re looking at the Outer Journey of Ian Paine, the main character in Lisa Unger’s Crazy Love You.  (We did Ian’s inner journey last week.)

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Structure of Plot: The Outer Journey

The outer journey is also known as plot, structure, narrative structure, and ‘what happens.’

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Versatile Blogger Award Nomination

Well, People, I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award (Thank you, Thomas M. Watt!).

According to The Rules, and in good ol’ chain letter fashion, I am to nominate some bloggers I regularly follow for the award and list seven things about myself.  So here we go… Continue reading

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Character Change: In our own work

So, we’re looking at the inner journey this week.  Let’s see what kind of an inner journey we can create for the one-liners we’re working on.  Here we go… Continue reading

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Character Change: How Lisa Unger does it

We’re looking at the Inner Journey this week.  Here’s the inner journey (to my eyes and ears anyway) of the main character, Ian Paine, in Lisa Unger’s Crazy Love You (336 pages).

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Character Change: The Inner Journey, Part 2 — A Master Outline

We’re looking at the Inner Journey this week (Part 1 here), and today we’re looking at the structure of the character arc over the course of a story. Continue reading

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Character Change: The Inner Journey, Part 1

Other names for the character’s inner journey include character arc, character change, character transformation, ritual pain, and range of change.

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Setups and Payoffs: In our own work

We’re looking at Setups and Payoffs this week, and today we’re going to see if we can come up with some Setups and Payoffs for the one-liners we’ve been working on.  Here we go. Continue reading

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Setups and Payoffs: How the masters do it

We’re looking at Setups and Payoffs this week, and today I’ve got some examples from Harlan Coben’s No Second Chance, which we also looked at last week, and Lisa Unger’s Crazy Love You.

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