Think like a Pro: Lesson 3 B :: 4 of 5 Plot Methods

Plot Methods:  4 of 5 Models or Patterns

Adequate for Short Stories.  Inadequate for Novels.

Writers often talk about this plot method or that one.  All have a purpose and are seemingly interchangeable.  Plotters like to sift through the methods while Pantsters ignore them completely.

But all plot methods are not the same.  And the mark of a professional writer is to know the differences among the plot methods and carefully select the best fit for the story waiting to be told.

How does a hobby writer learn to think like a pro?  How does a hobby writer learn the ins and outs of the nuts and bolts of the writing profession?

More importantly, how do we transform ourselves from hobbyist to professional?

Continuing the third lesson, Plot It, we look at 4 of the 5 Plot Methods.

To help newbie writers become professionals, New Advent for Writers: Think like a Pro presents seven lessons as a guide for this transformation.  Like a morning seminar, these lessons 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.  This One Latin Phrase means “no days without lines (writing)”.

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.