Plotting Session

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Last night was great. Around 4, I started printing out everything I had saved on my hard drive about plotting, then I made notebooks while I watched Gilmore Girls. Margaret, Stacy and JoAnn got here around 6:45, we started at 7:15 and went till 11. Two were working on paranormals and two on normals ;) I felt bad because we didn't spend a lot of time on Margaret's story because she'd already worked out the conflict, but I think we helped her bring it out. Stacy has a really BIG complex plot that's going to unfold over 3 books, so we worked on that one for awhile. I'd bought a post-it easel pad and just wrote and wrote. The big concern for Stacy was having the heroine make her journey while moving the plot along. I think we came up with some good solutions. Then JoAnn, who also is plotting a paranormal trilogy, went, and we worked on that one awhile. The theme of hers is balance, so we worked on how to balance the heroes and heroines and their powers.

Then we got to mine. Like Stacy, I needed to get from point B to point C to point D, and while we talked it out, I kept thinking I was going to have to cut those 100 pages after all, but this morning I don't think that's as necessary.

We definitely will do this again, hopefully later in the summer. But man, I was so wound up, I didn't go to sleep till 1! Now for timed writing!

Looks like we're in for some good storms, so better write fast!

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4 comments:

mary beth said...

Yay on the plotting, Mary. Sounds like you guys had fun!

Anonymous said...

Mar, last night was wonderful. It's probably the best writing experience I've had in a long, long time. It meant a lot to me, to get going on my own stories and help others on theirs. I look forward to the next one.

I'm glad I'm staying in SARA. I'm not going to let the chaos surrounding my former publisher get me down, but use that experience to push me ahead to higher goals.

Hugs,
J

Kelly said...

That sounds like such a blast!

MaryF said...

It was helpful.

JoAnn, I'm glad you're staying, too!

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