Michael Crichton’s Method of Plotting A Story

We are 10 days into the new year. So I thought my first post of the new year should be about beginnings. Story plots is how we begin story development.

Ever wonder how published author’s develop plot’s for their novel’s? I have on numerous occasions. I found this post from the blog: Writers Helping Writers, written by Dorothy Cora Moore. She talks about author Michael Crichton of Jurassic Park, and the television show ER, to name a few, developed plots for his stories. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he would use 3 x 5 index-cards to jot down ideas as they came to him, then later he would put those index cards with his ideas in order which became the bases of his story. He would supplement his income during those days by writing under a pseudonym

This is a great idea. If you’re having difficulty coming up with a tight plot, give this a read and try it. Post your thought and result and let me know how it goes.


Until next time,



Fiction Can Mirror Life

Just an update from my last post in October. I am still unemployed. Boo! I have literally submitted dozens of resumes and applications. I have 3 interviews, still nothing.

How can this possible relate to writing you ask? Well, if you look at traditional story (structurehttp://www.musik-therapie.at/PederHill/Structure&Plot.htm), you have the beginning; then rising conflict; to the climax at the apex. Then a descent toward resolution and a return to homeostasis. So my situation, I would say (hope is more like it), I am at the climax. In fact, I would say that I have arrived on a couple of occasions only to be dashed and the rise in conflict again toward climax. Much of the conflict would be the arguments with spouse over having no job, money, dividing up the household chores, expectations. The apex or climax would be the interviews, with the hope of landing a job.

So, fiction can mirror life in many ways. I, for one, have learned that when writing my protagonist, inserting piles and piles of conflict to their point of breaking point, brings about interesting reading. Also, once they have reached the climax, make sure that the decline towards resolution and homeostasis, needs to be a grand, epic and memorable as their ascent. They deserve that much, and it helps make them a memorable character.

Until next time,


Life Mirrors Story Structure and Plot

Here at “Thoughts From A Closet Author,” I’ve always written or posted content to help newbie author such as myself become better authors. I realize that most people also hold down another means of supporting yourself, and that writing is a passion. The hope is that one day that passion can turn into reality by getting our work published.

I like all of you worked another job and wrote in my spare time (including writing and finding content for this blog). Well recently, I was let go of my full-time job and now find myself unemployed with little prospects of finding something else to support myself and family.

There, I said it! It’s out there.

So today, I decided to begin writing about my experiences. Once I made this decision and begin (with this post), a bit of catharsis has occurred. I didn’t realize that I have kept so much inside. To my followers, I hope by writing about this won’t be a turn-off, and I appreciate your indulgence. I will continue to post content about writing, but, I will also write about how this experience is affecting me. If I really stop to think about it, this is drama and what story is but part drama, part action. This story is about a person who goes from humble beginnings to the height of his job, only to fall back to the depths of the unknown. So the next part will be about his slow rise back and coming out on top. Sort of like a story is structured (http://www.musik-therapie.at/PederHill/Structure&Plot.htm).

So stay tuned and see how this story turns out.

Until next time,