"Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom."
|Hugging an adolescent Fir. I'm an Oregon native. Truth.|
People lie. I've known that sorry truth for most of my life, but what I learned this week is that sometimes people lie accidentally. And now it's confession time.
Last week in that post about being a planter, I said I didn't outline, right? That wasn't entirely true.
Before we took off on this Monday's Plot Walk and Tree Hugging Adventure, I felt lost in my WIP, baffled as to where the story needed to go. Then I remembered a very important document I'd prepared before I started this draft. Eureka!
Waiting patiently in my WIP folder was one of my favorite writing tools, a beat sheet from Blake Snyder's fabulous screenwriting manual, SAVE THE CAT. Not exactly an outline, but a helpful plotting device with 15 structure points designed to help a writer keep the reader resonating with the story. Using this tool, writers are encouraged to start with a memorable opening image and end, logically, with a final image that's the opposite of the opening.
So beginning this week, it's time for Fun and Games in Occupied Paris.
Put on your dancing shoes!
What about you? Do you have any favorite craft-related books or tips?