Happy Plotting in 2011
Great news . . . Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting has risen to the Top 50 Writing Books on Amazon.com! It’s sitting at #49 (and at times has been in the Top 25. Hurray!
Reading the reviews made me proud of being able to help fiction writers who struggle with plotting . . . as I did before learning about the basics and and figured out a plotting method to wrestle a “plot in progress” into a usable format.
One Amazon reviewer said she wasn’t willing to rearrange her office to put up plotting boards. But of course, the “boards” could be created in Word documents and handled entirely on her computer.
Here at the writing studio of the Georges, I do believe 2010 was one of the busiest years of our lives. 2011 is starting out a bit calmer, and I’ve got some time to write fiction again after completing our 65th nonfiction book for teens in January. What sort of books? For example, Biotech Research, written for ReferencePoint Press, was a real challenge.
Meanwhile, I’m updating a novel I drafted a good while back, getting it ready to submit! I’m checking the plot structure to make sure it has all 12 steps of the Hero’s Journey and all the elements of the Three-Act Structure so the reader won’t fall into any plot-holes. I have to admit, I love writing fiction . . . making things up as I go along instead pushing hard to write only 400-500 words a day, with every fact backed up with three sources.
There’s such freedom in writing fiction! And my plotting boards are helping me get back to it with ease.
Sometime this year, I’ll be conducting a Saturday Seminar on Plotting and Strong Writing for The Woodlands Writers’ Guild near Houston. I’ll let you know when that seminar gets on the calendar. I’d love to see you there!
Have a wonderful year, everyone! And happy writing!