A PATH TO PUBLISHING

Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson and Literary Agent Jill Corcoran are here to support your author's journey

The Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson and Literary Agent Jill Corcoran are here to support your author's journey.

by Martha Alderson
 

BLOCKBUSTER 

Begin by knowing who protagonist is at the climax

Locate what your story says about life, the deeper meaning. For PB, the take-away

Open with a character minus the skills, strengths & abilities needed at the climax

Commit to the primary plot of your story

Know who carries the emotional weight of your story, the heart

 

Break your story into ¼ The Beginning, ½ The Middle, ¼ The End

Use the protagonist’s flaw to interfere with reaching her goal

Start at the end and plot your way backwards

Turn episodic events into scenes with cause and effect 

Establish protagonist’s flaw in scene #1

Rather than tell the protagonist’s backstory in summary, show what she is unable to do

 

PLOT 

Plot the territory of the antagonist in the middle as an exotic world to the protagonist

Love 1st ideas & replace with depth more closely tied thematically to the whole

Optimize character development by keeping an eye out for the gift she brings

Take your story from beginning to end before going back and starting again


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