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Brainstorming a Plot

by Sue Viders
How does one brainstorm a plot?

In fact, how does one brainstorm anything?
No matter what you are going to brainstorm, you need a starting point.
An idea. A thought. Or in my case a suggestion from my writing partner like “Sue, why don’t you write about how to brainstorm about getting your plot going.”
Great. A good starting point. A blog about brainstorming plotting. I can do that. Let’s first understand what brainstorming means and how it works.

1 - Basically it is a fun way to get a lot of different ideas about your idea.
2 - There should never be any negative comments about the ideas,
all suggestions should be welcomed no matter how silly or how wild.
3 - And the wilder the better. Enjoy thinking outside of the damn box.
4 - Don’t be afraid to combine ideas.
Okay, let’s go. Let’s brainstorm about how to plot your story.
Step One - Where to start?
•First decision to make before any brainstorming starts is to decide what the genre of the plot is going to be? This only you can…

Characters can Make Your Plot Move

by Becky Martinez

This week Sue Viders and I are looking at ideas for how to deal with a plot that comes to a complete stand still and won’t go anywhere.She provided some wonderful ideas for what you might try. (look below for that column) I have another thought. Look at your characters.

Those pesky critters can bring everything to a stop just by refusing to cooperate. So in addition to looking at your plot or taking time to re-plot things, I say, study your characters. How well do you know them?
Have you taken enough time to really figure out what they want?
Have you studied their motives?
Have you checked their personalities to see if they mesh with what you want them to do?
What about their background? Their family? Could that be holding them (and you) back?

More often than not, when I run into major problems with my plot it is because I have not taken enough time to really drill down deep into the inner core of those characters. I’m one of those writers who spends a little time p…

When A Plot Stalls

by Sue Viders

There is plotting and then there is PLOTTING.

Which one works for you depends on two factors, your story concept or idea and your personality for pre-writing set-ups.

But no matter if you’re a highly organized plotter or more of a “let-the-character-set-the-pace” person, everyone, published or not, at one time or another, hits the damn wall.

There is no escape unless you are using an established plot or perhaps some type of software that has all the variables programed into the outline. Any of the James Bond movies use the same plot, over and over, the main change being the personality of the actor playing Bond and how he reacts to the various plot elements such as the red herrings, the MacGuffin clues and the fascinating death traps James always finds himself involved in.

Most plots stall because of three very basic factors:

•There is no believable backstory of the action elements
•You, the writer, have no idea how the story is going to end
•And most importantly you, the wri…