No matter how old I get, I don’t know if I’ll ever get tired of books. Especially books on topics of which I’m very fond.
This past week, my wife ordered me a copy of James Scott Bell’s Plot and Structure. While I don’t think I’ll actually need the book to teach me about structure, I can’t learn enough about plotting and how to make my plots work. I don’t feel plot-y enough as I am right now, as a writer. While a lot of people tell me literary fiction is the only “real” fiction, because it speaks to the “human condition” (whatever that load of crap means), I still tend to believe readers want to be able to follow a story, and not just some growth progress of some character as he learns something lame. But…what do I know?
So, I picked up JSB’s book and started reading it this weekend. I hope to apply some new things I learn (should I learn them) to my second WIP. Yes, I have another book in the midst of being written, right now. Well, not right now, I’m probably at work as you read this working on getting things ready for our new computer system which will make my life a living hell on my day job. But you get the idea.
The story is character-driven. But…wait. Which stories aren’t, again? Oh, that’s right – none of them. ALL stories are driven by characters. So. I want to learn about proper plotting and planning, and apparently, there’s a bit of information in this book about another way to look at the 3-part (4, really) story structure model. Hey, I’m always up for learning a new way to approach that. That’s the good stuff great stories are made of.
I guess I feel there’s no such thing as learning too much about a great thing. The story structure model can permit you to write anyway you like to write – whether you pants-seat your way through or whether you plan your last jot and tittle. I hope to be an expert at this, and when I am, I’m going to try my hand at writing a screen play or script. Should be fun.
So, if anyone wants a taste of that second WIP, you can let me know. I’ve sort of set it aside for now because I’m so focused on the main WIP, but I want to peck at it now and then.
What’s up with you guys? What’ve you got going on? Sound off and let me know!
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