Learn to Plot Like The Dude

Just take it easy, man! Plotting does not have to be hard or complicated. Even if you are a discovery writer, you still plot. You just plot at a different stage in your writing.

You’ll be able to answer the question: “What makes a great story?”

The answer: “Interesting people in interesting places doing interesting things.” But what makes something interesting? And are all ideas good ideas? Do they fit in your story?

In this guide, you’ll learn where to start when planning your book, how to create dynamic characters and settings, and how to determine what will really happen, when it will happen, where it will happen, and how you will achieve a satisfying ending.

“Plot. The very word makes some writers uncomfortable.” — Maude

But What if I’m a Discovery Writer?

Discovery writers still plot, and you can take apart that discovery draft you have created and figure out what should stay and what should go. You still need the same elements in your story, you just may add them later than other writers do.

A Quick Foundation Leading to More Learning

This guide is designed to be a quick foundation that gives you a basic idea of what plot means, what story structure is, and how to populate it with things that will keep your readers coming back for more.

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They call me the Plot Dude

Or Duder, or Plot Duderino, if you are not into that whole brevity thing. I’m an author, editor, book coach, and the education lead for the popular visual outlining software for writers, Plottr. 

The author of over 30 novels, I live, work, and play in the mountains of Idaho. I’m here to help you with all your plotting needs, and this book is just the start.