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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Beginning Plotting 101

Since March officially starts the beginning of Spring, I thought I’d share this “W” chart that helps writers plot the action in a story. Down, down, up, up, down, down, up! Give your readers a rollercoaster of a ride!
A: Start of book. Establish main characters. State goals for hero and heroine. Get them together as soon as possible.

B: First barrier to attainment of goals. Confrontation? Things don’t look so rosy anymore.

C: First low point for both characters. This action can happen in the same chapter.

D: Whew! Barrier to goals drops temporarily. Things are looking up! A good time for a kiss.

E: A high point. Yes! Some goals are accomplished and life is good.

F: Then... Boom! The rug is unexpectedly pulled out from under the hero and heroine. Bad news for both.

G: Low point again. Catastrophe! The sky has fallen! Will the sun ever shine again?

H: Things improve, then there’s a setback. Uncertainly reigns. Will they or won’t they resolve their differences? High, low. High, low.

I: Resolution of conflict! All loose ends tied up. Attainment of goals! A happy ending!

And speaking of happy endings... my newest paranormal romance is now available at

DÉjÀ Vu--Twenty years ago, Elizabeth Williams had two suitors. She chose Allen over Paul. Now she is divorced and starting over with a new location and a new career. But instead of a new love knocking at her door, an old love seems destined to overwhelm her. Elizabeth’s path crosses with Paul’s, and once again she must make a decision that will change her life.

DÉjÀ WOO-WOO--Doctor Paul Jones, with his feet firmly planted on terra firma, has no patience for metaphysical matters. When a medical conference brings him to the New Age capital of the world, he keeps his distance from anything “woo-woo.” But when he’s attracted to a woman who insists they’d met before... Paul realizes he needs help--metaphysical help--to show him the way to win his Lovely Lizzie’s heart.



Susanne Marie Knight
Read outside the box: award-winning Romance Writing With A Twist!

A Karmic Connection (Amazon & Smashwords)
Elizabeth and Paul went their separate ways twenty years ago. When their paths cross again, will they heed the psychic signs that they are meant to be together?
EPPIE Finalist: The Magic Token (Uncial Press)
An old woman gives skeptical Amanda a magic coin. It couldn’t possibly work, but how else can she explain her sudden good fortune?
Coming May: The Minx Tobin Mystery Series: The Embezzled Envelope--Case Six (Desert Breeze Publishing)
An old embezzlement case takes on a new twist: murder. When Minx tries to clear her good friend’s name, she gets burned... literally.

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