Let’s get one thing straight. Conflict and Plot are not the same thing. In my opinion, conflicts are part of what makes up the plot. You can design an amazing conflict but it may not carry an entire story… let alone a novel.
Today let’s work on plot. What is going on in this story? The shorter your piece the less complicated this has to be.
Well… even if you are writing a novel you don’t actually have to have a very complicated plot.
Are you able to see the plot in poetry?
Plot to me is what your answer would be when someone asks you “what is this about”.
That is about all I am going to say on it because every writer is different. Every piece is different.
Take some time and begin to craft a plot. Write a scene that lays the groundwork and gives a sense of what is to come. Write a poem that tells a story.
Have you started thinking about your project for National Novel Writing Month?
(If you don’t know what I am talking about you should check out the NaNoWriMo Website.)
50,000 words in 30 days can be daunting… especially if you have no clue what you are going to be writing about. Now is the time to really start focusing in on a vague idea of where you want to start. It is perfectly okay to let the story go wherever it wants to go. In fact I find that to be the way with the most fun.
I have begun to develop two characters and a general idea of where I want to start. I tend to start most of my writing with a character.
You can start with a situation, a character, a setting, or even a simple object. You can take a writing prompt and see how far you can take it.
The key is to find that starting point so you are ready to go November 1st.