M. A. Rosa is an Army veteran, avid long-distance hiker, freelance editor, and writer from Bangor, Maine. She volunteers with a parrot refuge, works with youth outreach groups, and continued community service while following the Buddhist path. M. A. lives in the North Georgia, Blue Ridge Mountains on her hobby homestead.
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Plot structure types
- Linear Narratives: A series of events with a clear beginning, middle and end. The story unfolds in chronological order. Two or more plots can occur chronologically but separately and intersect throughout, usually the climax.
- Non-linear/ or fractured plot: In contrast to linear narratives, nonlinear narratives jump scenes around in time, and the order does not correspond to the order in which events transpired. Also known as disrupted or disjointed narratives.
- Circular Plot Structure: Begin and end in the same way. Like life cycles or seasons, circular stories follow a predictable series of events, returning to the plot hook.
- In Medias Res: This plot structure starts the book in the middle of the plot, usually at the second or third crisis, and sometimes as a sequel to an action scene. Writers often tell the conflicts, the protagonist faces the second plot point, followed by the falling action and resolution.
- One-dimensional characters – realistic motivations
5 tips on writing character motivations starts with how many times have you come across a person in everyday life who’s evil or annoying for the sake of exhibiting those traits? Rarely right? Then why write a character like that? Or a hero forever philanthropic and good? Writing blog
Writing blog These one dimensional characters fall flat – all because their motivations are unrealistic and underdeveloped with little room for arc growth.
Unrealistic motivations and unrealistic writing tropes present usually with antagonistic characters. Sure, antagonists create conflicts in stories, but antagonists need reasons for their goals, motivations, and behaviors like the protagonist. A well written realist motivation for an antagonist can conflict nicely with one from the main character. If you write a one-dimensional character, the audience cannot hold hands with the antagonist, further caring about the plot and outcome.
- Internal or External Character Motivations
Internal motivations are reasons deep down inside your character wants to do something. The character is driven to act by a decision they made based on a personal goal, stakes, a desired outcome, or reward.
External motivations are extraneous factors supplied by other characters, events, or the setting, influence the character to take charge.
If a writer combines of both these motivations and or they conflict, imagine the storytelling.
Dark Prince’s Agenda is book 31 in a self-published series and utter cancer Writing and Reading Blog
The theory why I. T. Lucas is a best-selling AMAZON author (not NY Times Best seller) centers around the lady priming the Amazon algorithm pump with paid advertising and releasing a book once a month. I discounted the theory because no human writes 80,000 words once a month with a well thought out plot, developmental edit, and proofreading without a team. But after I looked at the publishing dates and no team mentioned, my jaw dropped. How could this be? My next question … how good is her writing? Let’s face it; a guy published a book about his foot to see if he could manipulate the algorithms, He did. Is this a conflated effort to do the same by I. T Lucas? I want to see what one of these high volume authors writes.
Thousands of excellent reviews offered optimism, and I read with an open mind. I went to my eReader, ready to learn from a master. I wanted to believe in a world where humans evolved to such fast-paced, readable writing, and capable of producing volumes of prose with care for the craft. I wanted to believe the passion and hunger for her story and characters drove the woman over the edge to crank out books month after month, not high volume sales. I was wrong. Oh, so wrong.
The novel is utter garbage and fails to hook the reader. The writing style reads like she washed it through word spellcheck and google doc spell check. Grammarly would catch half of these errors. She writes in the passive voice littered with filler words and prepositional phrases. The dialogue sounds like the same person is speaking in every exchange. Therefore, she cares not for her characters, driving her to crank out impossible novels. If she cared so passionately, their voice would eek through the pixels.
What stuns me is her writing in the beginning had a bit more polish but quality over quality in writing a full book in thirty days, something had to suffer. \ 2. Shorten prepositional phrases
- in order to → to
- with regard to → regarding or concerning
3. Replace prepositional phrase inducing, passive voice with an active voice
See my blog on passive voice. Passive voice introduces prepositional phrases. For example, “The large book is being read by most of the class.” This sentence construction adds an unnecessary preposition ‘by.’ Active voice would eliminate this extra preposition: Most of the class is reading the large book. Using my passive voice identifying trick...The large book is being read by most of the class and vampires. Writing and Reading Blog
Looking around the yard, dandelions sprouted in every corner → Around the yard, I saw dandelions sprouted in every corner.
5. Shorten transitional phrases:
Transitional phrases connect two related ideas in a paragraph or sentence. See my blog on transition words and phrases. Transitional phrases normally have one to two prepositions. For example: So that, as a consequence, as a result (of this) can
Story Types for any plot structure and theme
- Trick ending
- Mystery explained
- Solves a puzzle
- Onion layers
- Journey, hero’s journey
- Reader surprise
- Outside threat
- Once in a blue moon
- Strange powers
- Magic and or superpowers
- Individual vs Society
- Power of one
- Good vs evil
- Question reality
- Humanity vs superpower or machine
- Glimpses of future/past
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- Romance novels need two plots
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- Writing Dialogue Part 2 of 2
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- World Building Brainstorming
- 5 tips on writing character motivations
- How to write emotion
- Writing sequels for your novel
- Writing scenes for your novel
- Building horror from dread
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