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The Plot Whisperer

ImageAs you (probably) already know, I’m a writer. No, I haven’t published anything yet, but that will change pretty soon. But I am, nonetheless, a writer. And in my pursuit of more knowledge on the subject, I read The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master, by Martha Alderson. Now, you have to understand I’m not the kind of writer who sits down and plots her whole story. I usually have an idea I want to write about and I just sit down and write. After I’m done, then I’ll structure it for the editing process. I found that to be helpful. It helps me see the story as a whole, without limiting me to follow a structure before even starting. That’s because I don’t really know all that’s going to happen in my stories. I see plotting as creating expectations for a story, and not following the plot would seem disappointing to me. That’s why I only plot after finishing my first draft.

But what does the book has to do with it? Well, I read the book in the hopes it would help me understand plot a little more and maybe help me improve as a writer. I was, however, a bit skeptic over the whole idea, since I don’t plot before writing the story, but I found out The Plot Whisperer was a great help. It’s not a book only for those who plot beforehand, and it has helpful tips for all kinds of writers. It talks about “the universal story,” the plot planner, the scene tracker, the barriers we find along the way, and much more. It also has exercises here and there that can help you with your writing.

Anyway, I found the book very helpful, and if you’re a writer (beginner or not) I certainly think you should take a look at this book. Then come back and tell me what you think.

 

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Drifts, by Jennifer D. Scroggins

Photo courtesy of Jennifer D. Scroggins

Remember when I talked about that new Indie author, Jennifer D. Scroggins? I finally read the first one, Drifts, which is in fact a short story.

Drifts tells the story of two human beings, Sara and Cooper, who had been hurt so much and so deeply by others they had every reason not to trust another person again. But somehow they were able to find within themselves the force to help the other heal without expecting any kind of retribution for their actions. The story itself is so captivating I didn’t want to stop reading it; I just wanted to keep going to find out what would happen in the end.

There are a few grammatical errors that need fixing, but it’s such a nice story they didn’t even bother me, which says a lot, since errors do drive me crazy. But you know what? We all make mistakes. All of us. And when you’re writing a book, because you know the story so well in your head, it’s very hard to spot them at times. That’s why it’s so important to have someone from the outside to proofread your work for you. But the thing is: anyone can fix misspelled words or a misplaced comma, but it takes a good author to write a good story.

I recommend this book. It’s a great short story. I honestly can’t wait to read her next book.

P.S.: You should check out Jen’s new blog on WordPress as well. She even has a video of herself reading a chapter of Face In The Rear View Mirror.

 

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