Something wicked this way comes: plot book ready soon

3nynsThis week I’ve been pouring my grey cells into edits for Nail Your Novel 3 so I hope you’ll forgive this brief hiatus in my blogging schedule. The third Nail Your Novel book finally has a title (Writing Plots With Drama, Depth & Heart), a cover and most of its insides. I’ve been adapting and greatly enlarging the posts I’ve published here into an in-depth exploration of what plot is, how it works and how to write a good one. In asking these questions I’ve taught myself a thing or three as well.

If you’re eager for a taster right now, one of my recent shows at Surrey Hills Radio discussed plot – you can find it on this page as show no 6 (we’re working on getting proper titles but we don’t have control of the website!).

The plot book should be out within the next month … hopefully. I’m waiting for comments from my critique partners so I reserve the right to be coy about the actual release date in case they find a howling omission or other embarrassing disaster. If you want to know the very moment it’s out, you can get my newsletter here.


I’ll be back with a proper post next week. I hate to miss a week but sometimes we need to. How about you? Do you have a strict blogging schedule? What makes you bend it? Til next time… R xx

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  1. #1 by raizscanlon on November 2, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    Oooh, ooh! Looking forward to laying my electronic hands on an e-copy soon!

  2. #3 by DRMarvello on November 3, 2014 - 10:58 pm

    I look forward to adding NYN3 to my writing library! Best of luck with the launch.

  3. #5 by Jim Snell on November 24, 2014 - 4:20 am

    Sounds pretty interesting.
    One of my favorite rejections (yeah, kinda weird you can have such a thing, huh?) was a form rejection but with a little handwritten note under it that said: “Liked your story but it had too much plot for us.”
    And lately I’ve been having a discussion on another forum, so I’m curious … how would you differentiate plot and story – or do you?

    • #6 by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris on November 28, 2014 - 6:14 pm

      Too much plot? I’ve had rejections like that!
      As for the difference between plot and story, you’ll probably get as many opinions as people. I’d say that plot is the events, and story is what you make of them – which might involve putting some of the events into flashback, or a different chronology. It might also involve enhancing the events with themes and imagery. EM forster in Aspects of the Novel says it’s the other way round. Does that matter?
      I don’t think it matters what we call the two components, or that we agree on what the definitions are. It helps us to write a better novel if we know there are these two aspects, but it doesn’t matter a whisker what we call them – so long as we are aware of them. The explanation and understanding is more important than the terms.
      Did anyone in your forum say that?

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