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Writing Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson

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Chapter Two

How to Use the Plot Planner

The Plot Planner is a visual plotting tool that many writers, myself included, find helpful in plotting fiction, memoirs, creative nonfiction, and screenplays. It serves as a great teaching tool for planning, pacing, keeping track of, testing, fixing, and refining a plot. Consider it a bridge between the invisible world of creativity and the visible world of the five senses.

Before you actually copy the Plot Planner onto a piece of banner paper, read through this chapter, which elaborates on the benefits of using the Plot Planner, the formats it appears in, and how it relates to both plot and character development. Chapter three will take you through the actual creation of your Plot Planner.

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