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February 24, 2014

Today’s Writers’ Tip

WRITING FICTION PLOTS

Plot Number 15: FORBIDDEN LOVE

Romeo and Juliet

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  The edge this fiction plot has on everyone is that the reader (or the movie viewer) sits on the edge of his/her seat, wondering if the two will EVER get together. So, what elements comprise a good story that brings two lovers together, perhaps just for a short time, even though their relationship is “forbidden?” Let’s see:

1. Forbidden love goes against the “norms” of society, so there should be either an explicit or implicit force against the lovers.

2. The lovers, (or one of them), ignore the social norms and pursue their hearts, usually with disastrous results.

3. Adultery is the most common form of forbidden love; thus, the adulterer may either be the protagonist or antagonist, depending on the nature of the story. The same is true for the offended spouse.

4. The first dramatic phase should define the relationship between the partners and place it in its social context.

What are the taboos that they have broken? How do they handle it themselves?

How do the people around them handle it?

Are the lovers just moonstruck, or do they deal with the realities of their affair head-on?

5. The second dramatic phase should take the lovers into the heart of their relationship. They might start out in an idyllic phase, but as the social and psychological realities of their affair become clear, the affair may start to dissolve or come under great pressure to dissolve.

6. The third dramatic phase should take the lovers to the end point of their relationship and settle all the moral scores. The lovers are usually separated, either by death, force, or desertion, and the resolution is an anti-climatic, sad ending.

So, writer, now you have the ammunition to start your Forbidden Love Plot or start the rewrite on your love story that just has something missing. Incorporate these elements into your story, and watch the sparks fly (before they go out forever ). Next time we’ll look at the fiction plot that is also very popular, number 16: SACRIFICE

All information compliments of:

Tobias, Ronald B (2011-12-15). 20 Master Plots (p. 189). F+W Media, Inc. Kindle Edition.

http://www.amazon.com/20-Master-Plots-Build-Them-ebook/dp/B006RAIXXI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390841564&sr=1-1&keywords=20+Master+Plots

(I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in writing good fiction in any subgenre!”)

Happy writing! Marsha P.S. Interested in a heart-warming Amish love story? Please check out one of my creations:

LOVE SONG FOR LOUELLEN

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VOLUME 3 IN THE LOVES OF SNYDER COUNTY

http://www.amazon.com/Loves-Snyder-County-Love-Louellen/dp/1622083024/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391533076&sr=1-1&keywords=Love+Song+for+Louellen+by+Marsha+Hubler

Twenty-five-year-old Amish Louellen Friesen finds herself falling in love with forty-year-old Englishman Dr. David McAndrew, a widower with two children, for whom she cleans house regularly in Mapletown, Snyder County, Pennsylvania. There’s only one problem. Louellen is already married. Well past the “marrying age” at twenty-two, Louellen Bidleman had wed Amish man Eli Friesen three years prior, mostly because of pressure from her family. Eli, also in his mid-twenties and in danger of being “passed over,” had married Louellen for one main reason, to have sons. Louellen has some love for Eli, but because of her church vows, sets out to be the best wife and mother she can be, especially when God blesses them with little ones. However, after three years, there are no children. Louellen is devastated, and Eli becomes bitter, feeling trapped in a marriage that has produced no offspring even though he knows that he has the medical problem, not his wife. Although he treats Louellen civil in public, at home he ignores her needs, and their wedded life is nothing but a disappointment to both. What should Louellen do? Turn her back on her husband and her Amish Ordnung? Should she leave, become “English,” and marry Dr. McAndrew, a man who has promised her the moon?

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February 10, 2014

Today’s Writers’ Tip

WRITING FICTION PLOTS

Plot Number 14: LOVE

Pride and Prejudice

Splash

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Love Story

My Fair Lady

LOVE: there are thousands and thousands of books published in this subgenre every year. Folks, mainly we gals, love to curl up on our sofa with a cup of coffee, a blanket, and a good love story and take a trip into a world that we all wish we could visit often or take permanent residence.

So what makes a “can’t put this book down” excellent love story? Is the plot a simple “girl meets boy, girl loves boy, girl loses boy, girl finds boy again” with an “ah” ending? Let’s take a closer look at how to write a best seller in this subgenre:

  1. The prospect of new, budding love is met with a major obstacle.
  2. The main characters might want love, but they can’t have it for a variety of reasons, at least not right away.
  3. The lovers are usually ill-suited in some way. They could come from different social classes (beauty queen/ nerd) or they might be physically unequal (one is blind or handicapped).
  4.  The first attempt to solve the obstacle is almost always thwarted. Successful love doesn’t come easily and must be proven by loyalty and dedication.
  5.  The one lover usually is more aggressive in seeking love than the other. The aggressive partner is the seeker, who completes the majority of the action. The passive partner (who might want love just as much) waits for the aggressive partner to overcome the obstacles. Either role can be played by either sex.
  6. Your love story doesn’t have to end happily. If you try to force a happy ending with a love story that clearly doesn’t deserve one, the readers will reject it. Hollywood prefers happy endings, but some of the world’s best love stories (Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, Romeo and Juliet) are very sad.
  7. Concentrate on your main characters to make them appealing and convincing. Avoid the stereotypical lovers. Love is one of the hardest subjects to write because it’s been written about so often, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done well. Feel deeply for your characters. If you don’t, neither will your readers.
  8.  Embed deep emotion in your love story. Not only should you be convincing, but you should develop the full range of feelings: fear, hate, attraction, disappointment, conflict, reunion, etc. Love has many feelings associated with it, so be prepared to develop them according to the needs of the plot.
  9. Understand the role of sentiment and sentimentality then decide which is better for your story. If you’re writing a formula romance, you may want to use the tricks of sentimentality. If you’re trying to write a one-of-a-kind love story, you will want to avoid sentimentality and rely on true sentiment in your character’s feelings.
  10. Take your lovers through the full ordeal of love. Make sure they are tested (individually and as a couple) and that they finally deserve the love they seek. Love is earned; it is not a gift. Love untested is not true love.

Well, there you have the key elements to write a heart-warming love story. So, if you’re a sentimental soul to begin with, now you have the ammunition to write a deeply moving, tear-jerking tale of “love found, love lost, and love regained.”

Next time we’ll look at the fiction plot that is also very popular, number 15: FORBIDDEN LOVE

All information compliments of:

Tobias, Ronald B (2011-12-15). 20 Master Plots (p. 189). F+W Media, Inc. Kindle Edition.

http://www.amazon.com/20-Master-Plots-Build-Them-ebook/dp/B006RAIXXI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390841564&sr=1-1&keywords=20+Master+Plots

(I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in writing good fiction in any subgenre!”)

Happy writing!

 

Marsha

P.S. Interested in a heart-warming Amish love story? Please check out one of my creations:

LOVE SONG FOR LOUELLEN

VOLUME 3 IN THE LOVES OF SNYDER COUNTY

LoveSong.KindleFire

http://www.amazon.com/Loves-Snyder-County-Love-Louellen/dp/1622083024/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391533076&sr=1-1&keywords=Love+Song+for+Louellen+by+Marsha+Hubler

Twenty-five-year-old Amish Louellen Friesen finds herself falling in love with forty-year-old Englishman Dr. David McAndrew, a widower with two children, for whom she cleans house regularly in Mapletown, Snyder County, Pennsylvania. There’s only one problem. Louellen is already married. Well past the “marrying age” at twenty-two, Louellen Bidleman had wed Amish man Eli Friesen three years prior, mostly because of pressure from her family. Eli, also in his mid-twenties and in danger of being “passed over,” had married Louellen for one main reason, to have sons. Louellen has some love for Eli, but because of her church vows, sets out to be the best wife and mother she can be, especially when God blesses them with little ones. However, after three years, there are no children. Louellen is devastated, and Eli becomes bitter, feeling trapped in a marriage that has produced no offspring even though he knows that he has the medical problem, not his wife. Although he treats Louellen civil in public, at home he ignores her needs, and their wedded life is nothing but a disappointment to both. What should Louellen do? Turn her back on her husband and her Amish Ordnung? Should she leave, become “English,” and marry Dr. McAndrew, a man who has promised her the moon?

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