Exercise 1

From James Scott Bell (2004). Plot & Structure. Cincinatti, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books. Exercise 1, p. 20

Set aside ten minutes of undisturbed writing time.  For those ten minutes, write a free-form response to the following: When readers read my novels, I want them to feel _____ at the end.  That’s because, to me, novels are _____.

Write from the gut, quickly.

When you’re done, analyze your mini-essay. What does it tell you about the type of plotter you might be? Are you suspicious of plot? Are you more concerned with the gossamer wings of literary style? If so, consider how your writing might be doubled in strength if you learn some plotting craft.

Here’s my answer to the exercise.

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