Monday, May 6, 2013

Plotting Fiction (1)

This week I've been in deep and meaningful conversation with UCD's department of Adult Education about writing courses for 2013/14. As always we're upgrading to meet the requirements of participants. The courses on offer from me are: (i) Autumn Term 2013. 10 Modules Writing Fiction (1) - emphasis on Plotting (ii) Spring Term 2014. 8 Modules Writing Fiction (2) - emphasis on creating Character, Era and Locations and Summer Term 2014. 4 Modules Self-Editing Fiction - self explanatory, I believe! 

This week and for the next few week, we'll look at Plots and Plotting. Plot can cause a writer worry. What is it? How do I work it out? How do I know how to go about it? are questions frequently asked. 

Quite simply plot is the telling of your story. Take it a stage further to structure which equally simply is how you go about constructing your story. Contemporary fiction is primarily described as being 'plot-led' which means the stronger the plot the more attractive the fiction is from a publishing point of view. 

Plot begins when a problem occurs that requires reaction from one of your characters. Plot thrives on structure and pace - it is said that pace is to fiction what buses are to commuters – regular arrival, neither too many nor too few and should forward the storyline at a relevant pace for the story.

Plot can be divided into five parts: exposition (of the situation); rising action (through conflict); climax (or turning point); falling action; and resolution.


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