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Plotting Act 2, The Belly of the Beast

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In the meantime, here’s another wise and wonderful writing tip from Mel:

monstersmallissue13Blake Snyder in his brilliant Save the Cat wrote that Act 2 is what the audience pays their entry money for.  Here’s where the promise of genre is honoured with adventures that are not just exciting, but meaningful.

How to make these adventures meaningful?

No matter the genre, we return to story structure that endures from The Odyssey to the great book you’re reading today.  In every adventure your protagonist experiences in Act 2, the Belly of the Beast, that protagonist must learn more and become more than he was, through making believable choices that he would never previously have made.  As well, it’s wise to remember what John Saul said about writing success – that is, until he realized that he was plotting along a straight line to the story goal, his books were rejected.  As soon as he began writing in a non-linear fashion, setting up surprise turns and then surprising the protagonist and readers as well, success was his.

Plotting isn’t easy, but then we’re not in the writing game because it’s easy.  We’re in it to please ourselves and our readers, and to make some money through honest toil.

I wish you another brilliant writing week.
Cheers, Mel

muse smallThis week from @yourwritingmuseYou create strong frameworks for storytelling, no doubt because you think so hard about your story arcs.  From your Writing Muse