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3. PLOT

"If somebody from the past doesn't rise up from the grave and start talking to me, I haven't got a book. I have to hear that voice, the voice of the narrator. How she sounds will tell me who she is, and who she is will tell me how she will act - and that starts the plot in motion."
―Geraldine Brooks

Storytelling is ultimately a creative act of pattern recognition. Through characters, plot and setting, a writer creates places where previously invisible truths become visible. Or the storyteller posits a series of dots that the reader can connect. Douglas Coupland

I shy away from plot structure that depends on the characters behaving in ways that are going to eventually be explained by their childhood, or by some recent trauma or event. People are incredibly complicated. Who knows why they are the way they are? Rachel Kushner


I distrust plot for two reasons: first, because our lives are largely plotless, even when you add in all of our reasonable precautions and careful planning; and second, because I believe plotting and the spontaneity of real creation aren’t compatible.
-Stephen King

Parts of plot:

Exposition
Rising Action
Climax
Falling Action
Resolution
Three-Act Structure:

Act I-hero's decision to act

1) Reinforce the lie
2) Indicate character's potential to overcome the lie 
3) Provide character's first step in discovering how to grow and change (Pg 69)
4) Character refuses inciting event that could change his life for the better. He refuses, but the event still makes him start to realize that he might have a problem. The familiarity of his world isn't as comforable as it was before. (half way through first act)
5) Evolve character's belief in the lie (70)
6) Make the character decide

First plot point-Where the setup ends and where the "real story" begins. Character leaves his normal world. Usually forced into it. The plot point isn't the decision, it's what happens to the character to upend their plans (their decision). The most important thing about the plot point is the character's reaction to it. The character doesn't turn away from the first plot point, he moves into it. 


Inciting event-12%
Plot point-25%


Act 2-action itself

Act 3-consequences of the action

Subplots
Types of plots

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4. Tone