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Now organize your cards and keep them in order. The scenes should move n a linear fashion -- Event A should occur before Event B. Decide what scenes are most exciting to the main storyline. Add details at the back of the cards, such as Location, Time -- what day and time is a given scene taking place?
Characters -- list all the characters who will appear in the scene. Main POV character's goal in the scene -- what is this character trying to achieve? Post-It Notes Post-it notes can be smacked on a big chunk of bulletin board paper, and like index cards, post-it notes can be color-coded.
Using a yardstick mark off columns on the bulletin board paper -- a column for each chapter. Jot down important scenes on colored post-it notes and move them around as you construct your story. Do you see too much of one color?
Separate them and place them such that your story is in balance with the goal, motivation, and conflict of your main characters.
The Three-Act Structure Writing mainstream fiction is a nebulous process. Although anything can happen in mainstream fiction, most stories and movies follow a three-act structure, and readers and viewers are conditioned to expect it. Genres are devised by customizing the three-act plot points to create a romance, thriller, fantasy, mystery or whatever.
According to Wingate, this type of structure gives the writer a skeleton to hang the story on and to flesh it out. The component parts of the three-act structure follow below.
Act 1 -- Setup and Explosive Incident This is the opening scene showing the characters and where they live. In most cases the main character is spiritually bereft since there has been a loss of some kind. The Setup is short, only a few pages.
In a movie, it's a few seconds. The Explosive Incident blasts the plot into motion. In the Hallmark movie The Last Cowboy, Jacqueline "Jake" Cooper comes to her father's ranch to attend her grandfather's funeral after an absence of eight years.
She's estranged from her father after her mother's death because he has been unable to get over his private sorrow of losing his wife, and thereby distances himself from his daughter.
Act 2 -- The Journey This is the longest part of the book or movie. There is the least amount of spiritual work done here, but the story is taking shape. The character begins his journey in which he tries different ways of solving his problem. In The Last Cowboy the ranch is heavily mortgaged and in jeopardy.
John tries ways of dealing with it, one of which is using his daughter's savings -- which only causes more problems between them.
The Maze The character goes through a maze, he tries different passages that look promising but is blocked each time and is forced back to a lower starting point.
Midpoint Solution Somewhere near the middle the character feels that he can solve his problem by cutting corners, by making spiritual and moral compromises. Midpoint Crisis There's a man-eating tiger in the maze.
In the movie, lightning strikes the ranch and it catches fire. John decides to sell his cattle. Culminating Crisis A huge life or death question occurs here and the character has to confront and overcome his demons.
In the movie, Amos, a dear family friend who has been trying to reunite father and daughter, has a heart attack, and John and Jake are set adrift, confused by everything that has happened. There is an epiphany of sorts. The demons are defeated and scattered.
Jake in The Last Cowboy has been busy behind the scenes. She has found a different bank which will finance a stable and she will breed racing horses. Her father still has fifty head of cattle and he can start all over again- being a cowboy is the only thing he's ever wanted to do.
This last plotting method helps the writer in thinking the story through by using movies as models -- movies rather than books are easier to analyze in that the main plot points are visual. These are some solutions to the mystery that is outlining.
Once you have the blueprint you can digress to your heart's content, and answer those "what if " questions, knowing that you have your story safely stored in a notebook or your computer, and that you can return to it anytime.Rekha Ambardar has been writing and publishing short fiction and nonfiction in print and electronic magazines for the last ten years.
Her first novel, His Harbor Girl, was released in by Whiskey Creek Press, and another short contemporary romance novel, Maid to Order, was released in by Echelon caninariojana.com February , her short story, "A Lover's Serenade," was published in No Law.
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