Plot. According to Christopher Booker in his 7 Basic Plots archetypal study, only 7 types of Plot exist.
Learning the models and patterns of various types of Plot can help newbie writers transitioning from hobby writer to pro writer.
How do we transform ourselves from hobbyist to professional? How do we change the mindset that our writing is for escape or entertainment? If our goal is professional writer, how do we become a disciplined Pro? The third lesson is that Models and Patterns, especially for Plot structures, help us.
In our long “Winter of Discontent” with our writing, we need to follow the example of the crocus: emerging from frozen snow to new life.
To help newbie writers achieve that goal, New Advent for Writers: Think like a Pro presents seven lessons as a guide for this transformation. These lessons may seem easy, but the practical application takes focus, persistence, and clear thinking.
Chapter 1 covers deadlines (One Scary Word).
The second chapter presents the importance of daily writing. Leo Tolstoy kept this motto on his desk: Nulla dies sine linea. That One Latin Phrase means “no days without lines”.
Chapter 3 examines the models or patterns that every writer depends upon (One Guiding Decision) while Chapter 4 reminds us to learn from those who’ve gone before (One Ancient Greek).
In Chapter 5, entitled One Simple Injunction, the authors preach the great heresy of no excuses.
Chapter 6 (One Slice of Advice) explores how creativity can be sparked.
Chapter 7 discusses determination and resolutions.