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,

SB

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Plot

As a newbie author I have read a lot of articles about how a story’s plot is the driving force of any story. What I wanted to know though is how do you write a plot for a story. So I do what I normally do when I want to find something out, I searched the internet. I found a couple of interesting sites that broke down the process of plotting. I always caution those who search and use the internet for information, because there is a lot of garbage out there, but what I looked at over the weekend, was both informative and helpful.

The first site, http://www.wikihow.com/Plot-a-Story list 8 steps to developing a story plot. I am sure these are simplified, but as a newbie it gave me a place to start from.

The next site called the method, “snowflake method.” It was developed by a physics professor turned novelist, http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/art/snowflake.php

And finally after your characters and conflict have been developed, using a method called “Freytag’s Pyramid” is helpful in terms of structuring your story,  http://www.slideshare.net/mrmadden/freytags-pyramid.

So how do you go about writing your story’s plot? What method or tools do you use?

Until next time.

SB