Exercises

Scene Unsticking Questions

It happens to the best writers. Even in the middle of a draft that’s going well and with a well-detailed outline, sometimes we get stuck on a scene. It might be that we’ve opened a huge plot hole we don’t know how to close. Or, we’ve written our characters into an impossible situation and were… Continue reading Scene Unsticking Questions

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Plot: Dishonored Beloved

A dishonored beloved plot can bring a whole new layer of complexity and twists to the story when employed. If you'd like, you can check out all of the plot scenarios here. A wrongdoing is discovered against a loved one. The roles for the dishonored beloved plot are extremely variable. You must have someone who… Continue reading Plot: Dishonored Beloved

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Plot: Sacrifice

Sacrifice as a plot opens up space for a lot of internal conflict and character motivation. If you'd like to check out some other plot scenarios, you can do so here. An object or person is given up to accomplish a goal or an ideal. Looking at it initially, you might feel limited in the… Continue reading Plot: Sacrifice

Stories, writing

Plot: Obtainment

Obtainment as a plot scenario is related to daring enterprise, however unlike daring enterprise where the main focus is retrieval of that object, obtainment focuses heavily on why each character wants this particular item. You can check out all of the plot scenarios here. A mediator negotiates between a solicitor and an adversary over a… Continue reading Plot: Obtainment

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Plot: Abduction

One plot scenario that definitely relies on character motivations is the abduction plot. Whether a main plot or a minor plot, motivations here are key to making this particular scenario work smoothly. You can find some of the other plot scenarios here. A captor takes the abductee away from safety. An interesting thing to note… Continue reading Plot: Abduction