FICTION WRITERS, YOUR PLOTTING PROBLEM: SOLVED!
How to plot a gripping story with this simple, flexible structure...
...even if you've struggled with the traditional three-act approach.
What if you could stop worrying about plot points and pinch points and still tell a good story?
What if you could divide your story into phases and focus on one phase at a time?
What if you had a plot structure that helped you visualize your character's emotional journey--in other words, a structure that shows you what your character should experience in each phase?
Writers who use three-act structure love it, because it has all the right twists and turns--in the right place--for building a story that satisfies readers.
The Hero's Journey is the same way. It's fantastic for certain types of stories...
...but if you're not writing one of those story types, you'll struggle to make your story work.
There is another structure...
...a simpler, more flexible storytelling structure...
...made up of 10 simple phases that take your character through a complete emotional journey.
It does have a few plot points, but they're more open than the plot points you find in three-act structure or in the Hero's Journey.
This story structure allows you to draw a simple map of your story...that doubles as a map of your character's emotional journey.
(That's my favorite thing about it.)
It doesn't get as much attention as three-act structure or the Hero's Journey...in fact, it's often overlooked by writers.
I'm not sure, but I have a theory.
Because when I first tried this story structure, I made a mistake.
A mistake that ruined my story.
There are a couple different ways to interpret this structure...and the most common ones encourage you to fall into bad storytelling habits.
Like easing off on your story's conflicts.
Or forgetting to raise the stakes.
It took a lot of experimenting for me to see why this structure wasn't working for me...
...but once I discovered the right way to use it, I fell in love with it.
It's so powerful in the way that it sets up each phase of your character's struggle.
But it's so flexible, it makes brainstorming a joy.
I'm going to show you how it works in...
Story Structure Series, Episode One
The W Plot
The W Plot doesn't tell you when your hero interacts with your villain...
...it tells you what your character is going through
and lets you decide when your villain will attack.
The W Plot doesn't tell you when your character has their darkest moments...
...it shows you where your character is going
and lets you decide which part of the journey is the hardest.
The W Plot doesn't tell you when your character has their epiphanies...
...it shows you how their experience is changing
and lets you put those light-bulb moments in where you think they belong.
When you sign up for this course, I'll walk you through each of the ten phases of the W plot.
I'll give you a visual metaphor for this story structure that will make your character's emotional journey incredibly clear.
(This emotional journey is built in to the structure -- even if your character doesn't have a growth arc!)
I'll explain what your character will experience in each phase.
I'll give you brainstorming questions that lead you through the decisions you must make for your character at each phase in the story.
And I'll plot a complete short story while you watch over my shoulder, so you can see exactly how this structure works.
Reserve your seat for the introductory price of...
When you sign up, you'll get immediate access to everything, including:
- 11 videos and audios, so you can watch or listen at your convenience (and pause the lesson at any point to work on your own story!)
- PDFs containing all the slides, for easy reference
- Brainstorming worksheets for each of the ten phases of your story, to help you make decisions about what your character will do, and a plot outline worksheet to capture your story in broad strokes
And, as with all my courses, if you have a question about anything, you can email me. Any time.
If you're a plotter, you'll love the flexibility of this powerful storytelling structure...
...the phases make it easy to organize even a complex story into a sequence of events that flow logically and ramp up conflict (and reader tension).
If you're a pantser, you'll appreciate the gentle guidance this storytelling structure offers...
...just tap into the emotional experience suggested by each phase and let your characters do the rest.
I can hardly wait to share this wonderful tool with you...and I'm looking forward to hearing your questions as you create your next story using The W Plot!
P.S. The value of mastering a new plot structure is priceless.
Not only are you developing your range as a story teller...
...you're also deepening your understanding of how stories WORK when you learn the ups and downs of a new type of story.
But I like to keep my courses affordable. And I'm excited to share my discoveries about this awesome story structure with you!
So if you jump in now, you can get The W Plot for the introductory price of $17.
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