I recently had the great pleasure of speaking to the Coeur du Bois Chapter of Romance Writers of America. I couldn’t ask for a warmer audience. They were wonderful! My topic: using timed writing to make use of small bits of time throughout your day. I held up my own writing notes as examples and took a leap of faith when someone asked if I would pass them around. It’s not so much that I have any great secrets in them. It’s just that they contained my very raw, very undeveloped ideas—my working thoughts. They were not in any way polished. I was even more confused when a few people started taking notes. And then a few more did.
I didn’t know what to make of it. These were my boring, day-to-day, throw-my-thoughts-together notes.
Then someone explained: they were copying down my plot arc. And they would love to have a copy of it if I would put it up somewhere, perhaps on a blog. Maybe one for Idaho writers. Gem State Writers, perhaps.
Okay, so here it is: my oddball, everyday, yes-I-really-work-with-this Plot Arc—the one that captured their attention.
This arc is heavily influenced by Blake Snyder’s beat sheet as well as Michael Hauge’s 6-stage plot, but it’s also neither of those. It’s a weird conglomeration of what works for me. If my arc somehow works its way into your own weird conglomeration of what works for you, this would make me very happy.