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I am a writer who put the cart before the horse. Yes, I know that’s cliche, but when one fits, one should use them.
My first story came from a dream. I woke, jotted down the gist and proceeded to spend the next three years trying to make sense of the mess I’d created.
Imagine a little kitten, playing with a ball of yarn. Yup, tangled plot points, confusing character arcs… this story had it all!
I approached my next story a little better armed. I’d read up on plotting, but my panster-brain refuse to digest the information. That story holds together, but just barely.
Fed up, I dug into how-to books. I was time to teach an old dog new tricks. Each (all found dirt cheap on Kindle) approach plotting from unique perspectives. One works better for plotsters (Martha Alderson). The rest will appeal to pansters. Regardless of your leaning I think you’ll find them helpful.
I know you’re all chomping at the bit, so without further ado, I give you the five awesome how-to books that changed things for Sue…
How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method, by Randy Ingermanson
Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson
Writing the Heart of Your story, by C.S. Lakin
Write Your Story from the Middle, by James Scott Bell
The Story is a Promise, by Bill Johnson