Thursday, July 31, 2008

Plot Grids-- Part One

Yes, they're two separate images. The one on the left is the one most commonly used by the e-published in size. The second is for the ambitious full length novel.

You may recognize both use the Vogler system. I do this for a reason. Why re-invent the wheel? The movie industry has done writers a huge favor by researching, testing and refining this simple system. It gives the reader the emotional rollercoaster they want in a logical order that works. Is it the only method? Of course not.

I've also modified this one a bit for the romance writer. There's more here than Vogler put in because he didn't need to include love scenes. We do. I've only marked one as a true love scene. The rest must fit your characters and your vision. Use this chart to make sure you place your love scenes in a balanced manner.

More later!



Cynnara Tregarth said...

I'll take 2 plot grids. *grins* Though I'm not a plotting fiend-- I'm hybrid, remember, I can use this to help enhance my chapter plotter I developed.

You're a genius! *grins*

Lena Austin said...

You're very welcome, Cyn. These grids aren't just for plotters. Pantsers can fill in the blanks as they go to keep as a reference for a synopsis.

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