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Ellen Plotkin Mulholland
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how a new scene can invigorate your story
You've taken the time to plan the key plot points of your story. You know where it's headed. You understand the conflict, and you even have a good idea of how it will be resolved. There's only one problem.
You are stuck. I've previously offered a list of ideas for what to do when you hit that block. This is different. Right now, your story needs energy, a shot in the arm, an interesting stepping stone to move your plot forward. What you need is a scene to pop in and add fuel to your story.
Here are a three simple exercises to add spice to your plot.
1. On a clean new page, record what you just did. Employ your senses. Write down what you saw, heard, smelled, felt, tasted. Really get into it. Forget your story. Write about you and your world. Next, go back into your story, and see how your world fits into its world. If you just took the dog for a walk, what if your hero happened to step in some dog mess? Where would that lead him? Who might he run into?
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The latest Goodreads' Review for BIRDS ON A WIRE
Tamara's review Sep 07, 14
4 of 5 stars
Read from July 26 to September 07, 2014
"Birds on a Wire is the story of three boys growing up in the 90s. Matt, Miguel, and Jesse have been friends since they were kids and now they are going through their last few days of junior year and thinking about their future.
I really enjoyed the friendship between these three boys. They look after each other and are like brothers. They are all so different yet they still make this great team together. The three musketeers, what one lacks the other two make up for. Miguel is the macho soccer star, with dreams of making it big and getting out of their little town. Jesse is the artist who is all about love and his girlfriend Ruby. Matt is the smart one, who works hard so he can get into college and not only make his mom proud but make his own dreams come true. As the story goes on we see there is a lot more to each boy than we saw in the beginning. We get to see not only their back stories but their parents as well and we find out that they are all more connected than even they know."
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Author, reader, poet, teacher, mom. Take time to peruse this site and get to know her YA books (THIS GIRL CLIMBS TREES and BIRDS ON A WIRE), thoughts on writing, and advice to young writers. Watch This Girl's book trailer here.
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Check out the latest issue of The Writing Disorder, and read an excerpt from Ellen's next YA.
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