Your Step-by-Step Plot-Building Kit:
From Nothing to Exciting Plot
in 10 Days or Less
(Even If You Have No Clue and No Story Idea)
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Discovering Plottinator was some kind of a revelation for me. I’m a writer of classical police novels, but wanted to take the plunge into the world of thrillers and was wrestling with a story without being able to find the right form for it when I came across Plottinator. Just one look convinced me that this was what I needed, and I was not mistaken.
Alex’s course is truly magnificent. It guides you step by step while you are crafting the storyline for your novel. With every lesson you can witness how your story gains shape, and on top of it, does so in a logical manner.
Plottinator fulfills everything it promises and much more. It’s the perfect manual to construct the master plotlines which will support your main story and the substories, in a way that everything is thought of and fits perfectly, once the time comes to sit down and write.
A magnificent discovery and much, much recommended to everybody who wants to rely on a well-equipped outline before they start their writing process.
*Sigh* Always trouble with that plot, right? Can’t live with it, can’t live without it…
I know, it’s tricky.
So many things to think about: Organizing all of those plot threads and making the damn thing flow. Making everything interesting and original, then stepping back and figuring out if it all makes sense.
So many smelly questions that slowly bubble up like flatulence under water:
Where and how should you start? How long should your scenes be? How do you create your big ‘story beats’ and bring in sufficient action and enough twists and turns? What if you get stuck in the middle, wondering “Where do I go from here?”
And later on, you are asking yourself: How do I raise the stakes with impact and get the climax right? Is my ending working? Is there only one murderer, or is the whole Garden Club in on the crime? How should I even approach my single scenes to make them memorable?
Then, of course, there are the fundamental questions:
How do you flesh out a general plot into scenes and details? In other words: How do you create 'meat' out of a story idea?
What’s the best way to establish an outline from start to finish, knowing what to keep and what to throw away? How can you figure out what happens next in a way that's logical, interesting, surprising and organic at the same time?
Basically, how do you not make the plotline look like a ball of yarn after the cat has gotten to it...?
Oh, and do you have to humor the 3-act structure and all of these other writing rules they tell you to obey?
You are left scratching your head. But wait, there is more:
How do you possibly keep out clichés?
What’s the best way to include backstory without interrupting the flow?
Also, do you have enough conflict? Which conflicts are best to put in?
The subplots get you wondering, too: What should they be about? How many subplots do you need, and how should you balance them with the main plot? Oh, and what’s with weaving in a new plot thread?
Maybe you just don't know what to do in-between the big events; how to lead up to them without slowing the pace or having your readers lose interest. Is it okay to have some chapters move the story along but be more pedestrian?
Or maybe your major events are too close together, or your pacing feels off in another way.
Of course, there is also the risk of a plot bunny popping up and shooting you down the rabbit hole of pointlessness at any time.
Seriously, you have as much potential for failure as the crowd at a karaoke bar on any given Saturday night.
You plan your chapters and you think you kind of have it all under control, until suddenly, your plot lines sputter and you are left with characters twiddling their thumbs.
"Wait,” you say. “This actually sucks! There's no arc, the whole thing is undeveloped, my plot layouts are garbage and the world is dumb."
It’s frustrating. Maybe you put it all aside for a while and go watch your favorite TV show to get a glimpse of plotlines that actually work. Or maybe you silently cry into your Harry Potter or your 50 Shades of Grey hardcover (depending on what floats your boat).
But eventually, you are back because you are not a quitter (most of the time, anyways).
Then next thing you wonder about is where did you land on the interest curve? Is this whole thing working? Why didn’t you just stick to writing postcards and cooking recipes, like your friends?
So many questions.
How do you make the theme work?
How do you fill holes in your story and connect the dots between scenes you already have?
Should you re-order the scenes? How do you cut down the fat?
Aaaaaaargggg!! You are pulling your hair out. The list of things to think about seems endless.
I know exactly what you are struggling with because I have heard all of your plot worries time and time again from you, my readers. And at some point in the past, I was struggling with them myself.
After all, it’s a list of predictable questions. Albeit a very long list, mind you…
Some of you are wondering if your stories even leave your readers with a thought, an emotion – something that makes it worth the read (some stories have an ah-ha moment, others not so much…).
Some are writing a series and are not sure how and where to end each individual book and how to construct the overall plot. How do you set up a multi-book plot? Should you leave your readers hanging for more?
And some feel like their story only consists of 'sweet little things' that don’t go anywhere.
Some also worry about the most basic of all questions: How can they create a plot from scratch if they have literally nothing at all, not even an idea?
Your story might not even come to you in a linear way from beginning to end either. You might be asking yourself if you can write the final part first and go from there; or what to do if you have a character that doesn’t leave you alone, but you don’t even have a glimpse of a story; or if it’s possible to start with just a middle scene, a theme or an image.
Plot feels like an impenetrable jungle to you, and you don’t even have a clue where to begin to clear the thicket.
And that’s totally understandable. You are not the only one who feels lost in the endless depths of plotting; believe me.
Because let’s be real: Plot is a complex topic!
It might seem like a simple thing when you are reading a well-written novel or watching a sweeping movie, but… oh boy… there is so much more going on under the hood. It seems like you have to keep 53 things in mind at once, like a superhuman juggler from outer space with at least 18 arms.
You are looking for advice on the internet or in writing books, but most of it is generic, or it’s only isolated tips, or it’s very theoretical advice you are left alone with, without any idea of how to put it into practice.
Because plotting is a bit more complex than a simple “Do this, then that!”
“10 tips on how to fry an egg”?
Yes, a post like that will probably be enough to get you to fry a decent egg.
“10 tips on plotting”?
Not so much.
You can’t explain how to outline an exciting, thriving, compact and well-balanced story in 10 tips. Plotting is too multi-faceted, and what you really need, if you are serious about plotting and you are having trouble, is a complete and smart system.
So where does all of this lead us?
(He he, I can imagine you know where this is going… just wait… this is going to be good!!)
Let me introduce you to:
The Guide I Would Have Killed for
When I Started out Writing
(Even though I can hardly kill a spider - imagine that! I like killing on paper only)
I have dedicated the past 8 months of my life to creating the most supportive, most streamlined, most effective, most practical guide to your perfect plot I could possibly create.
This is seriously the best guide on outlining I have ever come across, be it on the internet or in print… by far! And it’s for sure the most hands-on one:
You will set one foot in front of the other, and within 10 days maximum, you will be holding your exciting, polished outline on 3-6 pages in your hands.
With "Plottinator," Alex created the most straightforward, organized guideline and its templates are pure magic! Plottinator was a huge hit with us and helped my husband and I finish our now published novel “Juliette’s Van Gogh.”
Alex seems to be by your side as you write ... stepping you through the task at hand and getting and keeping you on your path!
PS: Alex is a writer’s best friend and mentor!
How Would You Like This…?
Follow Me for a Moment into Writer’s Paradise!
Follow me for a moment into your wildest dreams – into writer’s paradise!
Maybe you have Agatha Christie, or Tolkien, sitting under a sunshade enjoying your novel; Jane Austen is giving you plotting advice to make your readers fall in love with you, and Faulkner proofreads.
I understand your desires… but let’s for a moment stick with a more realistic scenario, shall we?
Imagine it’s 10 days from now and picture…
Lofty ideas, I know.
Want a precise game plan?
How You Will Get to Your Exciting Outline in 10 Days (or Less):
You will make some basic decisions on how to proceed:
Will you use the 3-act structure? If yes, how closely will you stick to it? Will you create your outline methodically, point by point, or spurt out your ideas? Do you need to find your 20-minute insta-plot? Are you the type of writer to start with story idea, or characters, or theme, or a specific scene(s)?
--------> You can find all of that in Lessons 1-4 and in Lessons 7-9.
You will plot out a rough structure of the biggest turning points, so you know the basics of what is what in your story.
--------> You can find all of that in Lessons 5 and 6.
You will give your story a killer beginning (first scene), climax, and ending, and also learn how to get the most out of your single scenes.
--------> You can find all of that in Lessons 10 to 13.
You will plan your subplots, pacing, flow, and theme, and use all of these to make your story a compelling, compact, thriving unit.
--------> You can find all of that in Lessons 14-17.
You will check your story specifically for exciting conflict, additional turning points, a sagging middle, boring filler scenes, interesting locations and dynamic character development.
--------> You can find all of that in Lessons 18-23.
You will go through the “Checklist Plot” in Bonus Lesson A and give your story one last check for anything that could be missing and any problem it could possibly have.
--------> Then, with the help of the Troubleshooter Bonus Module, you will resolve any problems of your outline.
"I am a pantser, who was halfway through my third action novel, not knowing quite where I was going to take it. I bought Alex's course because I realized I needed to have some sort of structure to move forward.
I stopped writing, took the course, and then spent the time to outline the balance of my novel. Using the course and worksheets, I laid out scenes/chapters going forward, inserting conflict and tension, and many of the other elements the course explores.
It worked. I will never write by the seat of my pants again. In my opinion, using the tools the course gave me is the only way to go."
Dick Berman, Florida (DickBerman.com)
"Alex breaks each aspect of plotting a novel into easily digestible bits. I like the way his lessons are clear and peppered with examples that illustrate the points he is making and move you through step by step. I wasn't a great believer in outlining, but this course has certainly converted me.
Ayesha Harben, Selangor, Malaysia (Website)
A Look Inside the Course:
The Four Steps to Your Perfect Plot
THE BASICS - CREATING FROM SCRATCH
Step 1 is about the basics.
It shows you why outlining is essential and talks about the 3-act structure as well as how to plant exciting questions in your story. It also includes a dead-simple way to create a plot in 20 minutes.
Step 1 will answer questions like:
STEP 1 OVERVIEW
LESSON 1: Why Outlining Will Give You a Huge Advantage
LESSON 2: The 3-Act Structure and Why You Don’t Need It
LESSON 3: Plotting for Dummies: Your Dead-Simple Plot Done in 20 Minutes
LESSON 4: Story Questions (Story Arcs): How to Grab Your Audience and Keep Them Hooked
Step 2 is where you will build up your plot from one tiny idea to a fully fleshed out story.
Whether you start with a story idea, characters, an image or a theme, we will go from idea to elevator pitch to full outline. We will also take a look at how you can make your beginning, your ending, your climax, and your single scene events to remember. You will now have your basic outline ready.
Step 2 will answer questions like:
STEP 2 OVERVIEW
LESSON 5: Your Plot-Building Kit: From Story Idea to Plot
LESSON 6: What Your Outline Should Include
LESSON 7: If Characters Come to You First
LESSON 8: If Single Scenes or Images, or the Ending Come to You First
LESSON 9: If Theme Comes to You First (Converting Idea into Story)
LESSON 10: Starting with a Bang
LESSON 11: Your Climax: The Moment Everybody Has Been Waiting for (Raising the Stakes)
LESSON 12: Creating an Ending to RememberLESSON 13: How to Construct Your Single Scene
LAYING DOWN YOUR STRUCTURE
In Step 3, we will refine that outline and you might shuffle a few ideas around (or bring new ones in) to get to your masterful plot.
Enticing story rhythm, intriguing subplots and a strong theme all help to get your readers excited about your tale.
Step 3 will answer questions like:
STEP 3 OVERVIEW
LESSON 14: Pacing and Flow: Draw Your Readers Deep Inside Your Story
LESSON 15: How to Make Your Subplots and Multi-Book Plots Work
LESSON 16: Powerful Messages and Subtext: How to Make Your Theme Work
LESSON 17: Making Your Story Parts Fit Together
YOUR SECRET TOOLS
Finally, Step 4 will give you tools to add additional flavors to your plot, should you choose to do so.
You can, for example, use additional story twists, conflict and location to spice up your story even more.
Step 4 will answer questions like:
STEP 4 OVERVIEW
LESSON 18: A Word about Conflict
LESSON 19: Additional Twists, Turning Points and Surprises Made Easy
LESSON 20: Stuck in the Middle: How to Turn Your Sagging Middle into Gold
LESSON 21: How to Make Boring Filler Scenes Exciting
LESSON 22: Take Advantage of Locations and Mood
LESSON 23: How to Show Your Character’s Change
The Plottinator opened my eyes to a lot of concepts I couldn't grasp until I worked my way through this course. Scene and Sequel has always been my nemesis. The Plottinator's Scene Template asked questions that helped me through the thought process as to how a scene/sequel worked. The Three-Act Template helped me to put my story down in concise statements that helped me write a better synopsis.
The course gave me the freedom to choose which process and methods were the most useful and his tips and tricks plus the story examples in the Bonus Module helped guide me through the rough spots and inspired me on to continue writing the book of my heart.
This is a course I will refer to over and over during my writing journey even if it's only to listen to Alex's deep, swoon-worthy, alpha-hero voice. (Yes, I write romance!)
I learned so much more from the visuals than I would from just reading a craft book!
Marcia Lee Scott
Las Vegas, Nevada
I don't normally buy things like this online. I am so glad I did though. The course is so organised, straight forward and flexible. It accommodates different types of stories and different ways of constructing your plot, and really enables you to organise everything.
Before, I had no idea how to organise my thoughts or work, and with this course I can do that and produce proper well thought out stories without having to keep going back and reorganising because I've forgotten something or I need to redevelop the history of the story.
I am so glad I bought this course, I believe it's the best thing ever.
Introducing the 36 Stylish Fill-in-the-Blanks Templates, Checklists and Cheat Sheets
What’s a lesson without something you can print out and take with you, like a fill-in-the-blanks template, a checklist or a cheat sheet?
These sheets will focus your attention on the most important points and outright force you to create your story elements the right way!
Almost every single lesson of Plottinator comes with at least one sheet. Print them out and fill them in and/or keep them next to you for guidance while writing.
These templates will make it easy for you to do the right thing, and obvious for you what each of your story parts needs. Together with the structure of Plottinator, they will guide you along like a red velvet rope. They are also a lot of fun to fill out (print them in color!).
Some of the featured sheets:
But that’s not all...
M. Lee Scott,
Las Vegas, Nevada
3 Example Plots to Make It
Obvious for You What Works
Throughout the course, you will look over my shoulders to watch me create 3 full plots for 3 completely different genres (romance, fantasy, and mystery/crime).
This means: For every story element we will be talking about, you will get 3 practical examples.
For your convenience and overview, you will get the 3 complete example plots in the bonus section, plus a graphic display of how each of them fits into the 3-act structure.
The 3 example plots are one of the unique features of this program and will guide you to your perfect polished plot unerringly.
Oh, and of course… if your genre is romance, fantasy, or mystery/crime/thriller, you are in for a very special treat: You will watch me create a complete plot in your genre, step by step.
But even if you don't like one or several of these genres, you will learn a lot from them. It could be even better for you because you won't get distracted by a story you don't care about. If one of these genres just bores you, that will allow you to focus on the mechanics of the plot even better.
Here are the 3 example plots, one by one:
Example Plot 1:
“Dirty Naked Polls” (Romance)
“Dirty Naked Polls” is a romance story about a female high-profile politician falling in love with a male stripper. To top it all off, it happens in the middle of her election campaign. She can’t be with him, as that would ruin her public image.
Watch how these two most unlikely of lovers attract and repel each other, while her ruthless and corrupt political opponent tries to exploit their affair for his own agenda: Will love triumph over her career plans? What is she ready to go through for the love of her life? Will they be able to beat her opponent with his own weapons?
This could easily be a mainstream Hollywood romantic comedy.
See, for example:
Example Plot 2:
“The Black Elixir” (Fantasy)
“The Black Elixir” is a fantasy story about a tight-knit group fighting to liberate the kingdom from an evil magician who sells poisonous potions. The king, the prince, a light-hearted elf lady and a feisty unicorn set out to bribe a grumpy dragon, and later find themselves on the run from the magician’s monstrous mercenaries.
Watch them narrowly escape a devious trap and gather their powers for the ultimate battle. Will the talking trees be convinced to hide them in their crowns? What forces does it take to stop the magician once and for all? And which animosities are threatening to tear apart their brave union?
See, for example:
Example Plot 3:
“Tango for Two” (Mystery)
“Tango for Two” is a mystery story about a woman who has vanished without a trace, and about a detective who has to resolve the gruesome puzzle of her life. Watch how the case only keeps on getting more and more mysterious, as some report to have attended her funeral, while others have supposedly seen her in the neighborhood.
Soon detective Dunner finds himself on graveyards digging for the ultimate evidence, but the truth is darker and more deeply layered than anything he ever imagined. What happened to the woman? Is she dead or alive? Does her seemingly desperate husband know more than he would like to admit, or is this just a red herring the author is laying out for us…?
See, for example:
These are the 3 example plots, freshly dissected for you.
But that's not all.
If you buy the course during this launch, you will also get your hands on the following bonuses:
BONUS NUMBER 1:
Your Troubleshooter Module to Overcome Any Plot Hurdle
The 10th day of the program is reserved for one last check: Are there any flaws left in your plot, or any last problems you need to straighten out?
Then use the Troubleshooter Module to shoot them all down once and forever!
This module deals with pretty much any plot problem under the sun that could possibly be left.
The Troubleshooter Module will answer questions like:
TROUBLESHOOTER BONUS MODULE OVERVIEW
LESSON A: Find out If Your Plot Is Lacking Something [Your Big Plot Checklist]
LESSON B: How to Connect the Dots and Steer Your Plot Anywhere You Like
LESSON C: How to Fix Plot Holes
LESSON D: If Your Story Lacks Direction and “Goal”
LESSON E: How to Cut Scenes and Passages to Make It Tight (What to Keep)
LESSON F: How to Bring in Background Unobtrusively
LESSON G: Making It Fresh: How to Avoid Clichés and Formulas
LESSON H: Emergency Troubleshooting: If You Don’t Know Where to Go Next with Your Plot
Bonus Number 2:
Complete Transcripts of the Entire Course
If you prefer reading instead of watching a video… yes, I get it. You are probably a fast reader and/or just love reading (like most of my audience; why is this not surprising…?).
Fear not, because you will get the entire course, plus all of the bonuses, as nicely formatted transcripts, too.
Sit back in your chair and enjoy your lesson with a cup of tea, coffee or triple vodka on the rocks, while you are reading or skipping through the transcripts at your own pace.
Bonus Number 3:
How to Write Commercial Fiction
Agents and Publishers Will Love
Publishers and agents receive piles of manuscripts from unknown authors on their desks every single day.
But what are the factors that will make your script stand out? Which manuscripts are screaming out loudly “I’m so marketable”?
Publishers and agents obviously want a story people will buy. But what makes such a story?
In this bonus, I’m dissecting the 4 big features that will make your fiction “commercial fiction” and bring the sounds of ringing cash registers into agents’ and publishers’ ears.
Keep these points in mind and your story will become very attractive to anybody who sells stories, and ultimately, should it be published, very tempting to the wallets of the public as well.
The bonus includes the Commercial Fiction Cheat Sheet.
"One thing I can tell you is that while the program is focussed on fiction writing, there are huge insights for someone like me, who is exploring the possibilities of literary non-fiction.
The lessons on story arcs, pacing and flow, making boring scenes interesting (I did a lot of work at the UN) are all decisive for what I intend to write. When I come back to fiction -I have the outline for a novel about love and renewal- it will require the use of Plottinator because for me it is an epiphany. I'm so enthusiastic and so grateful for what you have given me. Thank you so very much.
With all gratitude,
Cristian Maquieira; Santiago, Chile (Wikipedia)
PLOTTINATTOR PLATINUM Package
If you want to go even deeper down the rabbit hole of story building and study the depths of story mechanics and the rules of the genres, then the Plottinator Platinum Package is your golden (ahem, platinum) ticket.
Included in this premium package are:
1. Genre Secrets + Behind the Scenes
This course makes the core of the Platinum Package. We will dive deep into plot dynamics here.
The course will equip you with a sophisticated understanding of story dynamics in general and of the genres romance, fantasy and mystery/crime specifically.
You will see my exact thought process and the order in which I put the plots together (hint: not from the beginning) for all three plots. I will even give you color scans of my original brainstorming sessions and my subsequent scribblings, as I expanded on the original brainstorming ideas.
Make your understanding of the age-old art of storytelling automatic and intuitive; discover secrets about your genre you never thought of before.
Each of the three stories receives its own module, and each module consists of three lessons:
PART 1: Complete Plot Analysis
PART 2: Secrets of the Genre: What You Can Learn for Your Own Romance/Fantasy/Mystery/Crime Story
PART 3: Behind the Scenes: How I Constructed the Plot
2. Your Full Guide to Scene Transitions
Get your scene transitions right! If you are not sure how to set them up, this lesson will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about transitions and “scene cuts,” and show you exactly how you get them to shine.
This extensive session goes over all of your options, over cutting timelines and different techniques for “suspense cuts,” “smooth cuts,” and “motive cuts,” so you can pick from a variety of choices and never have to wonder again. It shows you what’s optional and what’s necessary and includes many examples.
3. Full Plottinator Audio Files (Downloadable)
Get all of the Plottinator lessons in audio format, so you can play them during your work-out, while driving, on a walk, or while you are waiting at the doctor’s office.
Save a lot of time while you play them again and again to get the lessons engrained in your brain. All the audios are downloadable.
4. Plotter vs Pantser:
What’s the Better Option for You?
This is a bonus video with my complete thoughts on plotting versus pantsing. We will shine the spotlight on all the advantages and disadvantages of both methods and you will hear what’s ultimately right for you (and why).
"What an awesome course! The writing skills I most need to improve concern book structure and plot development. Your course kick-started me (albeit painlessly) to a thorough understanding of what it takes to build a cohesive, fully developed work of fiction.
Your tutorials are clear, well-illustrated with examples, and warmly encouraging. Outlining, usually a nightmare, is evolving into a doable, even exciting activity using your methods. I have downloaded and printed all of the templates and "cheat sheets" that go with each lesson and will use them like the holy book of plotting.
I have a couple of book shelves full of how-to writing books that confuse me as to outlining. Hereafter, I will simplify my writing life by using your course and its materials as my instruction manual for painless plotting.
I've decided that you're the go-to guy for writing help. Keep riding the magic pen! "
Peggy Insula (Florida), Amazon Author Page
Aleta Dye; Aston, Pennsylvania
Okay, Alex. Tell me how much it is already!
But first, let me make one thing very clear:
If you have followed my free content for a while, you know that I only find it worth publishing an article if it delivers massive value. I take my paid content even more seriously because you are spending your hard earned money on it.
Frankly, there are much higher priced courses out there that won't even be 20% as useful for you as this one is.
My paid content is even more practical, more in-depth, more complete, more systematic and even better organized than my free one. And with this program, you get the best of my best material - that's a promise.
To summarize, here is what you get:
PLOTTINATOR BRONZE PACKAGE
or 9 x 39€
(~ 9 x $47)
PLOTTINATOR GOLD (MAIN) PACKAGE
or 6 x 72€
(~ 6 x $87)
or 12 x 39€
(~ 12 x $47)
pLOTTINATOR PLATINUM PACKAGE
or 4 x 132€
(~ 4 x $159)
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100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE,
IF YOU ACTUALLY USE "PLOTTINATOR"
This program will either get you to your beautiful story plot that works like a charm in 10 days or less – or you return it and get your money back.
If you go through this program, fill in the templates and outline your plot, and your plot is not the best plot you ever outlined – then please, send me an email and I will refund you your money. In the odd case that you put in the work, but this program doesn’t make a HUGE difference for your story writing, I do not want your money.
Try the program. If for some reason it doesn’t help you, shoot me an email within 30 days. You will receive your entire money back within a day or two, easy as that, and get your access revoked. I just ask of you that you demonstrate to me you went through (a good part of) the lessons and actually tried building a plot with Plottinator.
This guarantee would be easy to abuse, but I still offer it because I’m 100% convinced my course will get you to your master plot (and because I know my readers and trust them).
Plot Once Drove Me Crazy Too…
Hi, I’m Alex, and rarely in my life have I felt as helpless and ineffective as when I was working on my first novel. I really, really wanted to make it awesome though!
But reading my very first attempt at a novel almost made me feel like crying. After all the hard work, I was just holding a hot mess in my hands: Timing of background info, page time of characters, subplots, climax, logical development… it all seemed cringeworthy.
That’s when I started to understand that I needed a system for my plot, which meant a solid outline. By writing that outline, not only turned my novels out so much better, but they were also so much easier to write.Over the next years, I got to understand all of the mechanics and details that make an exciting plot work: What we are doing is forming a muddy pile of ideas into a beautiful piece of streamlined story pottery that excites publishers, agents and readers.
What was once my personal method of taking notes in scruffy notebooks is now a system of cleanly designed fill-in-the-blank templates waiting for you. With this program, take everything I have learned about plotting, molded into a step-by-step system.
Get this done with the minimum amount of confusion and headaches, and safe yourself years (or even decades) of trial and error. Don’t do it like me – go straight from point A to point B! And most importantly… enjoy the ride!
YOUR QUESTIONS, ANSWERED
Click on the questions for answers
I'm a pantser, I always just go with the flow. Is this course still for me?
If you are happy with your outlines, then you don't need this course (unless you are curious what a solid outline would do for you).
But if you have been pantsing for a while and you somehow always get tangled up in your plotlines or run out of gas midway; if plot problems often rear their ugly heads and you find yourself frequently having to rewrite and/or edit large parts - then this program is ideal for you. It will answer all of your questions and give you a crystal clear path to an exciting, multi-layered story that you only need to write once.
I have never created a plot before. Will this work for me?
Yes, yes and yes. This program is designed for you to start from scratch: No story, no clue, thinks the first plot point is the meeting place before a bank robbery - it doesn't matter. I promise you that this course will make it extremely easy not only to understand, but also to implement great plotting (that's what the 36 templates are for).
With the 3 example plots, you also get an abundance of examples for every baby step. A writing resource that makes it any easier has yet to be invented (if it exists, I certainly haven't come across it).
However, you do have to put in the hours to put the pieces of your plot puzzle together. But that's the fun part, isn't it?
I don't have much time. How much time will this take?
It depends on how quickly you go through the course, how experienced you are with plotting, how fast ideas come to you ,etc.
The course itself takes little time. Its overall running time is about 4 hours. All of the videos are highly focused; no fluff. I would absolutely hate to waste your time - you can see that in any of my blog posts.
If you have no prior plotting experience and prefer a slow pace, then it will take you up to 10 days to get to your perfect plot. However, most of you guys will get there way faster.
If you are serious about writing a good novel, then Plottinator will save you months, or more realistically, years of trial and error. I made all the mistakes for you, so you don't have to make them anymore and can take the shortcut.
Does the program follow established plotting patterns like the 3-act structure?
The course explains the classic structures, so you will be perfectly well equipped to take advantage of them if you want. However, unlike other creative writing resources, I’m not trying to force the classic story structure onto you.
Every writer has a different character with a different experience level, different preferences and creative needs, etc. You might be a round hole or a square hole, and the peg of the 3-act structure is… square, I guess. So I won’t try to press it onto you at all costs.The program explains the 3-act structure’s advantages and disadvantages, and shows how it works in a way that’s easy to understand. It also demonstrates it with an abundance of hands-on examples. You will quickly see what’s best for you and go from there.
How realistic is it to get this done in 10 days?
Very realistic. I put “10 days” because I wanted to announce the course with a very conservative time frame so even the slowest and busiest would not get disappointed. I could easily have said “5 days.”
Of course, it also depends on how many other obligations you have, whether you are working a full-time job or not, etc.
It's better not to rush your outline because being stressed won't benefit your creativity. Ideally, you set a couple of days aside for plotting. Either way, in 10 days maximum you will have an incredible outline in your hands.
I'm a more experienced writer. Can I still benefit from this course?
Maybe. If you have 5 or more solid years of writing experience under your belt, and you are happy with your story plots, then you don’t need this.
On the other hand, if you frequently encounter many problems with your plot, and if you find yourself rewriting and editing a lot on a regular basis, Plottinator will certainly feel to you like a barrel of fresh water in the desert.
Will this course be updated? And will I get free access to future versions?
You will get your own log-in code, and therefore access to any future updates of the course, for no additional charge. You will also receive any future bonuses for free.
No guarantees though that the course will be updated.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BUY?
STEP 1: Enroll in Plottinator
Purchase the program with PayPal or credit card. It only takes a couple of seconds. 256-bit SSL encryption makes sure your data is secure.
STEP 2: You Will Immediately Receive an Email with All the Details
Find a link to the course page in your inbox, and take a couple of seconds to set your personal password.
STEP 3: You Will Have Access to the Complete Program
The course will be waiting for you, so you can dive right in. You will have access to it permanently (and even to any future improvements, updates and bonuses).
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