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We discovered the perfect plot at Exeter today. We decided that it was a simple expression of cause and effect. Something happened because of something else:
The King died and the Queen died of grief.
A big thank you to Beth and James for their hard work and perseverance during the Phase one part of the course.
Phase 2 starts soon...
What is a plot?
Writers at Teignmouth finished their Phase One course yesterday. The writing focus of the session was defining and exploring plot.
You can develop a greater awareness of your approach to plotting by considering these approaches and asking:
Are you a…
1. Pantser (I don't plan anything)
2. Plotter (I stick to a strict plan)
3. Inbetweener (I have a rough idea (outline) of my direction of travel)
Most of the Teignmouth writers considered themselves as "Inbetweeners" which is probably the safest option.
We considered what the perfect plot might look like…
We came to the conclusion that it would probably be something that had:
Thanks to all the writers at Teignmouth for making the sessions so engaging and for coping with the weird ideas about how creative writing works.
Looking forward to starting Phase 2 of the course with you on Thursday March 10th at 1pm.
The best authors give us soft clues to character. They show their creations dealing with a particular circumstance in their lives and leave the rest to the reader.
Good writers avoid biographical details. So much about a person can be inferred by their behaviour: you don't need to be obvious and tell the reader how they should view a character.
Thought verbs are the early indicators that your writing may have tipped into a telling tale rather than a showing tale.
You must strive to spot your thought verbs early and re-visit those sections of your creative writing where thought verbs are present.
Here's an example:
1. Simon felt sorry for the attendant and stood quietly with his headphones.
The thought verb 'felt' directs the writer into a telling mode. The reader would be more engaged if we were shown how the attendant was behaving.
2. A female attendant was trying to arrange alternative transport. Skirt just above the knee, flat shoes, and shapely ankles, she'd managed to wave down a couple of taxis.
In the second example the reader is brought into the world of Simon. You see what he decides to observe and you get a closer truth as to how his was feeling about the attendant. The second example just shows you what he was observing and you decide to translate that into his emotional reaction to the attendant.
Writer and creative writing course teacher, Benedict Brooks invites you to share in his story and progress to becoming a successful author.