Masterplots Theater: M is Metamorphosis

Welcome to Masterplots Theater. Today we have Metamorphosis! This masterplot is not new. It dates back to the classic Greek writers, but it takes it’s name from a 1915 German novella by Franz Kafka. I just read the original Metamorphosis at the urging of my friend Cindy who guest posted (Writing Sci-Fi) a few weeks …
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Masterplots Theater: L is for Love Story

Welcome back to Masterplots Theater! Today we are exploring one of the most popular masterplots of all time: The Love Story. And even if you’re not writing a full-on romance, most stories have an amorous subplot which contains the same plot elements. So without further ado, let’s fall in love! Love Story Plot Notes:  The …
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Masterplots Theater: K is for Kinsmen

Welcome back to Masterplots Theater. You just sat down to work on your next book and it features an explosive family relationship. If it spans decades of betrayal, abandonment and emotional scarring, chances are you’re writing a Kinsmen story. The Kinsmen is the classic family drama. It’s what most people call the family saga. For …
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Masterplots Theater: J is for Journal

Welcome to Masterplots Theater! Today we’re examining Juvenile Journal, which admittedly is a term I just made up so that I have something to write for the letter J. But still, there are many books out there written in a diary format. Perhaps your own teenage scribblings would make a great story… Journal Plot Notes:  …
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Masterplots Theater: I is for Institutionalized

Welcome back to Masterplots Theater!  So far we’ve covered: A is for Adventure B is for Buddy Love C is for Chosen One D is for Dystopia E is for Escape F is for Fool Triumphant G is for Gothic H is for Happily-Ever-After Today we take on the Institutionalized Masterplot. Do you love to write about …
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Masterplots Theater: H is for Happily-Ever-After

Welcome back to Masterplots Theater!  So far we’ve covered: A is for Adventure B is for Buddy Love C is for Chosen One D is for Dystopia E is for Escape F is for Fool Triumphant G is for Gothic And today we’re discussing Happily-Ever-After stories. Do you like happy endings? According to this article, most people …
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Masterplots Theater: G is for Gothic

Welcome back to Masterplots Theater!  We continue today with G is for Gothic. However, if you’re joining us for the first time, here are the masterplots we’ve covered so far: A is for Adventure B is for Buddy Love C is for Chosen One D is for Dystopia E is for Escape F is for …
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