Thursday, July 18, 2013
I am a Story Gardener -- I neither plot nor "pants" the idea. It's more like planting a seed (the characters), then watering and nurturing with Goal, Motivation, and Conflict (thank you, Debra Dixon). The Story Garden will need fertilizer (organic, of course, which could be stinky). The Plot will climb a sturdy trellis, that must assure a beginning a middle, twists and turns, and an end. The Story Garden will grow from the bottom to the top of the Plot Trellis. A gardener never knows what gnarly twists and turns--or weeds and bugs--a Story Garden may develop before the fruit fully ripens. My task is not to smother the natural vitality of the Story Garden, but to ensure the Vine does not rot in the process.