Friday, July 1, 2011

The Plot Whisperer

Thanks to Nic Trick Steinbach from She Writes for passing along this link to Martha Alderson's step-by-step Plot a Novel video series. I've just begun the series, but from what I can tell, they're informative, easy to follow, and she refers to literary treasures, we all know and love, as examples.

The first video talks about character. Who is your story about? What do they want? What is their main goal in the beginning of the story? How does that goal or character change along the way?

Grab your notebook and a pencil; you'll definitely want to take notes!

Maybe it's all the flora and fauna surrounding Ms. Alderson that allows her writing mojo to flow. She's down to earth, and her conversational tone gives the how-to video an informal, and "let's-sit-out-in-the-garden-and-chat-about-writing" feeling. I seriously doubt you'll be disappointed!

Here is a link to her website:         

To watch the complete video series, click here:


  1. Ooh, this is great! I'm going to have to share this with some of my blog readers! I'll definitely link to you! Thanks!

  2. I love the way Martha had the videos filmed--it is friendly and personal. Thanks, Laura, for stopping by my blog and commenting!

  3. Wow, good website. And yeah, writing outside around plants and sun can't be beat.

  4. Thanks, Catherine! I got on to do a new post, and got lost in Alderson's videos, again. I just watched 4-6. They're not all done in the garden, and I've found external noise a bit distracting, but the information is good. With YouTube, it's easy to play it back.

    Now, on to write a new post!