Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Plot Points & Pinches

What am I reading now?  Angelfire (Courtney Allison Moulton)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  Ellie is haunted through her own nightmares. They're dark and evil and intensify as she approaches her 17th birthday. That's when Will shows up. He's gorgeous but stalker-ish. When her teacher is the victim of a brutal murder, Ellie is introduced to her destiny.

The book follows the continuing war of heaven as it is taken to earth by fallen angels and the host of monsters who serve both good and evil. Ellie could sit back and enjoy her daddy's money, but she can't--she has a central role--and she chooses to put herself in danger. She jumps in head first and works her butt off to live up to the expectations. Oh, and Will--so not a stalker.

Plot Points and Pinches
The Interior Structure of a Story

First Plot Point: This is the moment in a story that is the inciting incident for bringing the problem to the forefront. Prior to this the character is introduced. The reader has some idea what they are like in their public persona and a little about the inner struggles they have.

Pinch Point #1: Reveals the antagonist and the evil, terror and force the antagonist will use to win.

Midpoint: The context shifts for the protagonist, the stakes are suddenly higher, much higher

Pinch Point #2: The antagonistic force is overwhelmingly resourceful and capable of destroying the protagonist. This pinch point reveals the depths to which the antagonist will stoop to be the victor. This is a new, and surprising low, revealed about the antagonist.

Second Plot Point: Nothing new can be introduced after this point. The protagonist gets the final piece needed for the resolution of the problem.

1 comment:

Cathy said...

You are such a prolific reader, Canda. How do you fit in so many books. Every time I turn around you are talking about the next book you read. Holy cow.