11 Days & 11 Ways to Plot Your Novel: The New and Improved Gary Provost Paragraph #NaNoWriMoPrep #amwriting


Today’s plotting method will appeal to those of us who really hate plotting, outline, or anything that looks like something they may have encountered while writing essays in school.

Gary Provost was what they call “a writer’s writer,” meaning that he wrote about writing to help other writers.

Sounds vaguely familiar…

Anyway…if you’ve spent any time on Pinterest you’ve probably seen this graphic.

The above Graphic is “The Gary Provost Paragraph” which is basically a block of instruction on how to vary sentence length to keep your readers interested.

Later, Provost and his writing buddy Peter Rubie, with the help of Aristotle, developed this a little bit further into this more dramatic version.

Once upon a time, something happened to someone, and he decided that he would pursue a goal. So he devised a plan of action, and even though there were forces trying to stop him, he moved forward because there was a lot at stake. And just as things seemed as bad as they could get, he learned an important lesson, and when offered the prize he had sought so strenuously, he had to decide whether or not to take it, and in making that decision he satisfied a need that had been created by something in his past.

This is a very simplified sort of plotting tactic that I think would be great for the ideation stage when you’re trying to decide if your idea is any good. It's also an example of how the plotting process doesn't need to be complicated. For those of you who have an aversion to plotting, this is more than enough!

Tomorrow is the 11 and final post for 11 Days & 11 Ways! Stop by to get the deets on Character Arcs!

Happy Writing!