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Old 11-12-2013, 07:29 PM
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Yeah. So. Here's a place to talk about plotting. What story structure do you use? (Hero's Journey, Save the Cat, Hauge's Six Stages, Three Act, ect.) Do you plot before you write, or just wing it?

Also, there's the topic of subplots. Anyone have any ideas for them, and how they can be woven into a story? How many do you think a novel should have? Discuss away. :3
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:38 PM
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I just do mental planning - only a few chapters at a time - so I don't use a particular story structure.
And subplots are mean >.<
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:41 PM
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Yeah. So. Here's a place to talk about plotting. What story structure do you use? (Hero's Journey, Save the Cat, Hauge's Six Stages, Three Act, ect.) Do you plot before you write, or just wing it?

Also, there's the topic of subplots. Anyone have any ideas for them, and how they can be woven into a story? How many do you think a novel should have? Discuss away. :3
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I just do mental planning - only a few chapters at a time - so I don't use a particular story structure.
And subplots are mean >.<
I like to plot out an entire story in my head, and write down ideas for each chapter so I will remember. But I sometimes wing it. xD
And in books like The Greenfields and the Porters, I have a ton of subplots. I have to, with there being so many narrators. What I'm planning for the 3rd and 4th or 5th will have tons of subplots. xD
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:44 PM
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Oooh. I like this thread.
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I just do mental planning - only a few chapters at a time - so I don't use a particular story structure.
And subplots are mean >.<
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I like to plot out an entire story in my head, and write down ideas for each chapter so I will remember. But I sometimes wing it. xD
And in books like The Greenfields and the Porters, I have a ton of subplots. I have to, with there being so many narrators. What I'm planning for the 3rd and 4th or 5th will have tons of subplots. xD

Yeah, I plan out the entire story, but don't separate it into chapters while plotting. :3 Nor do I use any particular structure. I try to, but I need to line my stuff up more.
And yes, subplots are of the devil.


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Oooh. I like this thread.
Good. XD
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:53 PM
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Yeah, I plan out the entire story, but don't separate it into chapters while plotting. :3 Nor do I use any particular structure. I try to, but I need to line my stuff up more.
And yes, subplots are of the devil.




Good. XD
A definition of subplot is a "secondary strand of the plot that is a supporting side story for any story or the main plot". (quote from Wikipedia) Don't we all have some of those in some way? And what, exactly, is so bad about them? I think it can be okay to have some... it makes for more plot. Especially when you're writing a book about step-siblings, their family, and two very good friends doing a musical, and the romance between two teens. xD
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:04 PM
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When I don't plan, I have to do extensive editing afterwards, but if I outline the story before writing, I can't finish it, no matter how hard I try. >.<
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:31 PM
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I usually have a basic plot in my head before I start the story..... but then it explodes and changes into something I never could have imagined at the beginning. :P OOOOOOH and I love subplots! ^_^ They make for an interesting and confusing story and it twists the reader's brain into knots and it's so much fun ^_^ I have like three of them :P
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:33 PM
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A definition of subplot is a "secondary strand of the plot that is a supporting side story for any story or the main plot". (quote from Wikipedia) Don't we all have some of those in some way? And what, exactly, is so bad about them? I think it can be okay to have some... it makes for more plot. Especially when you're writing a book about step-siblings, their family, and two very good friends doing a musical, and the romance between two teens. xD
Don't get me wrong– I adore subplots. I think they're great. It's just right now in my book, I'm trying to come up with some for book one, but it's really hard. >.<
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When I don't plan, I have to do extensive editing afterwards, but if I outline the story before writing, I can't finish it, no matter how hard I try. >.<
That happens to me sometimes. I plan, but then I find it too restricting. Still, I like having a basic outline.


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I usually have a basic plot in my head before I start the story..... but then it explodes and changes into something I never could have imagined at the beginning. :P OOOOOOH and I love subplots! ^_^ They make for an interesting and confusing story and it twists the reader's brain into knots and it's so much fun ^_^ I have like three of them :P
XD Same here. Like I said above, I sometimes find planning extensively boring, so I often add... things. XD For subplots... I'm not sure how many I have. I'm not sure which are real subplots, and which aren't. I have two for sure, but they only surface in the third book, so I need something to weave in now...
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