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August 5, 2013

Today’s Writers’ Tips

Fiction Plots

Not too long ago, I finished a very good writers’ resource book, TWENTY MASTER PLOTS AND HOW TO BUILD THEM by Ronald Tobias.  Before reading the book, I was totally unaware of how many different kinds of plots a writer could contrive in his/her fiction work. I’ve used this book as one of my primary resources the last week of July as I taught a work-in-progress class at the Montrose Christian Writers Conference in Montrose, PA. This resource by Tobias is packed with useful information for any writer of fiction, who desires to improve his skills for writing an appealing, can’t-put-the-book-down manuscript. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. Last time I posted here (July 22, 2013), I listed the first master plot, QUEST, and its defining characteristics. Today we’ll look at the second plot Ronald Tobias describes.

[ALL INFORMATION COMPLIMENTS OF  Tobias, Ronald B (2011-12-15). 20 Master Plots (p. 189). F+W Media, Inc.. Kindle Edition.]

PLOT # 2

ADVENTURE

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Star Wars

Robinson Crusoe

What should you focus on as you write an adventure plot?

  1. The focus of your story should be on the journey more than on the main character making the journey.
  2. Your story should include new and strange places and events.
  3. The hero goes in search of fortune. He never finds it at home.
  4. The hero should be motivated by someone or something to begin the adventure.
  5. The events in each scene depend on the same chain of cause-and-effect relationships that motivate the main character at the start.
  6. The hero doesn’t necessarily have to change in any meaningful way by the end of the story.
  7. Your adventure could include romance.

So, there you have it—useful information that is short and to the point. Use these tips to create a new world with exciting characters who go on an adventure that none of us would ever forget if we were privileged to visit the faraway place with the strange sounding name. Next time we’ll look at Plot # 3: PURSUIT. Happy writing!

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