Monday, July 28, 2014

Painful Plotting

I'm over at From the Write Angle today talking about Plotting. As I'm not a plotter, this should be interesting!

I'm attempting to plot out a rewrite. I love the story and the characters, but there are huge issues with the story - mainly lack of tension between the 2 MCs. It's a contemporary romance so (d'uh!) I need tension. They're both too sweet and nice and get along and... yeah, no tension. There's lots of external stuff to keep it going, but it's not enough. Not nearly.

Hence the need to plot! Hope you'll pop on over and join the discussion - I could use some suggestions!

27 comments:

  1. You'll tackle it with no worries.

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  2. Alex - I hope so!!

    Mason - thanks for the vote of confidence :)

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  3. I've got to read what a non-plotter has to say about plotting! I'm on my way over to The Write Angle.

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  4. Hey Jemi,

    And the plot unthickens. If I can think of suggestion, I'll let you know. "Penny! Penny! HELP me, please!"

    Gary :)

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  5. Thanks for including the link to the Chuck Wendig article. Love it!

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  6. Bring on the tension, girl! Will check out your post!

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  7. Gary - Penny is always willing to share! :)

    Carol - me too - brilliant stuff!

    Kelly - I'm trying! :)

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  8. Bring in a third person and make it a triangle :)

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  9. Jemi, best wishes with plotting your rewrite.

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  10. Hi, Jemi,

    Knowing there's a problem put you half way there! Everyday life give us lots of tension... pull from your personal experiences and the rewrite will flow!

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  11. Thanks Susanne!

    Michael - that's a great tip - thanks! :)

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  12. It seems daunting, but once you get into it maybe it won't be so bad. That's what I find. I'll check out the post.

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  13. C'mon Jemi...there's nothing more boring than sweet!!:)

    I'm just jealous...having no time this summer to further my writing.

    Good luck with inserting some tension and discovering those character flaws we all have.

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  14. I'm on my way to check it out!

    You've got a great eye for all things writing-related, Jemi, so I think your manuscript will end up in great shape!

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  15. Thanks Medeia - it is definitely daunting rightnow :)

    Yvonne - teehee! That's exactly the problem - the external conflict was good but I need more tension!! :)

    Shelley - awww - thanks! I hope so!! :)

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  16. I totally understand. It took me a while before I was comfortable with plotting.

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  17. Crystal - but you got there! There's hope! :)

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  18. Oh, you'll figure it out Jemi :-) No doubt!

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  19. Eep! I'd be no help. I've written outlines after the fact but the one and only time I plotted a story before writing it, the story itself never got written...

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  20. Deniz - that's what scares me!!! Setting it all out in advance sucks a lot of the fun out so far!

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  21. Hi. I'm a little late getting here but I'll hop over to From the Write Angle now.

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  22. I find it so hard to write an outline, but it gets a little easier with each book. Before I started writing my current one, I spent nearly six months working on my story. (Painful … but I think it helped.)

    Good luck!

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  23. Beth - Oy!! 6 months sounds heart breaking to me!! But I can see why it would take so long.

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