This summer, some people are writing first drafts. Some are putting in edits from publishers and agents. Some, like me, are revising. For all of us, probably, the work will include...plotting.
Plotting never seems to go away. It's always been a particular challenge for me, because I rarely read for plot. I love mysteries, but I hardly ever guess whodunnit--even when I'm reading an Agatha Christie novel for the tenth time. (Until I started studying the book as an example of great clue-burying, I never could tell you who murdered Roger Ackroyd.) I tend to fall in love with a character or a voice and just lose myself in that part of the story.
Which does me no good, of course, when I'm writing.
Anyway, as a summer celebration, I thought I'd run another contest. And, since, no matter what stage of your story you're at, you'll be
Martha is the author of Blockbuster Plots: Pure and Simple. She's also a teacher and does incredible classes. Come by Friday, or any time the week after, and leave me a comment about the interview. The lucky winner will win Martha's Plot Guide for Children's Book Authors. On the DVD, Martha teaches writers how to develop a strong plot, using scenes from Gennifer Choldenko's wonderful Al Capone Does My Shirts.
And, heck, if you haven't read it yet, pick up a copy of Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd! Let me know if YOU guess the ending. :)