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Hook your readers: how to Plot your Story

Hosted by a member of the Munich Writers Cafe Group
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Took place 2 weeks 6 days ago
Thu 05 Nov 17:00 - 17:35

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You may have some great characters in mind for a story. This is a recipe for disaster. You could have a brilliant writing style and intriguing characters, but if your writing doesn't very quickly make the reader curious about what's about to happen, your reader will likely close the book without reading further.

In this session, we explore the essential ingredients of plotting.

What will make your story 'un-put-downable'? How can you immerse your reader so deeply in your story that s/he will only put it down when they have to run to the toilet?

“It’s about intention and obstacle.” Aaron Sorkin
“Drive your plot with characters who are big and complicated and irritating and wonderful.” Neil Gaiman

Defining Desire:
What do your key characters want? How important and urgent is it? Who can thwart it, and why?

Developing Plot out of Character:
How to make your wants into your characters’ personal desires.

Planning Obstacles and Intensity:
Succession and intensity – planning and elevating the stakes.

Finalising the Plot Structure:
What is your crucible - who burns, who is refined?