Developing a Plot

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Developing a Plot

by David Hoof, Professor Emeritus of English, Georgetown University

Professor David Hoof continues with the second stage of his lecture series on novel writing - "Developing a Plot".

A plot is not a story outline. Developing a plot is part of the process of revision in which the first draft is edited with an eye to how the original presentation of a story satisfies the dramatic requirements imposed by readers. These include defining beginning, middle and end to all story intervals, down to the level of scenes and, sometimes, to beats as well.

A plotted story is a series of causally related motivated incidents. That only. In addition to the above definition, it forbids the reader, once engaged, any moment of disinterest. All of the methods for ensuring that this last requirement is met will be discussed in the course of the  presentation.  
Starting September 10 at 2:00 p.m.
2nd and 4th Saturdays 

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