Novel Writing – My Process: Plotting

BookhouseIn a discussion of Stephen King’s book On Writing, he claims he doesn’t see the value in plotting. This is what I had to say on the subject on the eve of the 2014 NaNoWriMo:

Whenever I write a short story, I often envision it as a single scene or chapter with a single point of view. When I scaled that up to writing a novel, I treat each scene/chapter as a separate short story, giving it a beginning, a middle, and an end. To find those scenes, I usually start at the end, then work my way backwards to figure out what scenes I need to get to that conclusion; my first scene is often the hardest to decide upon: what is the perfect spot to jump into the story? I also imagine specific scenes – money shots – to act as way points to work toward while filling in all of the missing pieces.

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The Matriarch III: First Draft Begins November 1st #amwriting

The Matriarch III (working title)

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Wary of a future misunderstanding, Janiss Connelly pays a surprise visit to an immortal residing in the state capital of West Virginia. The Charleston vampire isn’t amused, a slight that puts the residents and staff of Cedarcrest Sanctum at risk when their administrator abruptly goes missing.

Forced to endure a nightmare scenario, Janiss must embrace the potential she has both envied and feared in order to survive – even as a hidden foe takes advantage of the perfect opportunity.

The tetralogy continues…
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My Spooky Empire 2014 Appearance Schedule

Friday October 24th

  • 6p – Panel: Keeping the Bodies Fresh – Sarasota
  • 9p – Panel: Sick & Twisted (21 & up ONLY) – Sarasota

Saturday October 25th

  • 12p – Author’s Network – Sarasota
  • 2p – Panel: Writing the Fight – Sarasota
  • 4:30p – Ultimate Occult Showdown! – Lake Ballroom
  • 7p – Author Signing Table
  • 8p – Panel: Choose your Own Adventure – Sarasota

Sunday October 26th

  • 11a – Panel: Sympathy for the Devil – Sarasota
  • 12p – Author Signing Table

Can’t wait to see everyone at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Halloween Weekend!
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Spooky Empire Appearance and Showdown Update!

SpookyAuthorImageOctober 24-26, 2014: Author guest (confirmed) at Spooky Empire Ultimate Horror Weekend in Orlando, Florida.

We’re also presenting what may be the BIGGEST Ultimate Occult Showdown we’ve ever done: Saturday, October 25th at 4:30p in the LAKE BALLROOM – be there!

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