Plotting

Five Items for Page One

Five Items for Page OneAttention spans are getting shorter, reading choice is getting bigger; which is why writers have to include five items on page one

After the book’s cover, page one is where most readers start. Anyone who says you have the first chapter to set out your stall is peddling old advice. Page one has a lot to do if you’re to get the reader to turn over to page two and keep going.

Changing Point of View

Changing Point of View: Arizona LandscapeWhen I accepted the fantasy novel challenge, I knew to make the effort worth while, it had to be a series. I plotted Book One and made a start.

Plotting Book Two I realised I was drawn to the secondary character, a young woman with a difficult back story and special abilities. She was far more interesting than the grumpy Western gunfighter (sword-slinger) of Book One. So I switched point of view. And stayed with her for the plotting of Book Three. The obvious was staring me in the face.

The Plotter versus the ‘Pantser’

The Plotter versus the 'pantser'It’s said that writers fall into two types: the plotter versus the ‘pantser,’ more politely described as a ‘discovery writer.’

The discovery writer likes to ‘fly by the seat of their pants’ (hence ‘pantser’) and write without an outline for their plot. ‘Free-writers’ is the more recognised name for them.  Plotters meticulously plan the whole thing in advance and effectively write to their own brief.