Novel Week 4b

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Novel Writing Week 4 In this lesson we will cover: Because Charting Developing conflict Creating a plot question Plots and story lines Possible subplots The Question of Plot The Writing Loft The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. - Gustave Flaubert

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Because Charting Important on several levels Tests the strength of your plot Guides your writing Not an outline A progression of causally-related events Begin with your opening scene Start each sentence with, "As a result of..." The Writing Loft Good fiction is made of that which is real, and reality is difficult to come by. - Ralph Ellison

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Creating a Because Chart Things to keep in mind Make each entry relevant. Skip details that are not essential. Make sure characters behave consistently. Make sure your story supports the focus statement. Don't let your chart morph into a narrative of the story. Make sure each entry is only one or two sentences. Note that your chart may take some time to complete. Note: A Because Chart does not include subplots. Do a separate Because Chart for your subplots . The Writing Loft Because Chart Handout

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Plot Development The structure of your plot The Writing Loft When I want to read a novel, I write one. - Bejamin Disreali

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Conflict The importance of conflict in your novel What obstacles does your protagonist encounter as a result of the conflict? Obstacles: Must be challenging Must be convincing Must hold the reader’s interest Protagonist vs. antagonist Multiple, difficult obstacles along the way The Writing Loft

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Conflict The importance of conflict in your novel More about the importance of obstacles Obstacles: Protagonist vs. antagonist Multiple, difficult obstacles along the way The “clock” is ticking Suspense Crisis and surprise—a twist The Writing Loft

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Subplot Is there a Subplot? If yes, what is it? A subplot is a secondary plot strand that is auxiliary to the main action of the story. Subplots may connect to main plots either in time and place or in thematic significance. Subplots often involve supports characters, those besides the protagonist and antagonist. How is the subplot linked to the main plot? The Writing Loft Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them. - John Ruskin

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Assignment Week 4 1. Begin your results chart using the form you downloaded. (Hand in as much as fits on one page.) The Writing Loft Write your plot question. For your own information: Review the main problem in To Kill a Mockingbird. What obstacles arise because of the conflict? Review where you believe the crisis takes place. At what point does the climax take place? Look at how each conflict is resolved. Extra Handout-More to think about

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