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This is where I talk about all things writing!

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my journal, where I talk honestly about the behind-the-scenes of being an indie author, trying to 
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I've been writing (almost) daily for nineteen years of my life, and yet it wasn't until six years ago that I finally buckled down and actually studied plot. 
My stance on plot is somewhat unique in that I don't believe a single on of us really needs to be taught about it. The art and science that is telling a story is something we've learned over the course of our lives.
Most of us grew up with bedtime stories, but frankly, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Everything from being a tattle-tale as a child, to spinning a white-lie to escape an undesirable social obligation, to gossiping over wine with friends, to retelling a cherished memory, is storytelling. And the older you are, the more intuitive this is. 
 
And if you're somebody who grew up devouring books and dissecting movies? You're even better off. But the real point here is that storytelling is intuitive. In many ways, it's a basic component of human psychology. So don't overthink what it means to tell a story, craft a compelling narrative, and order it all in an organized, effective way, because YOU KNOW HOW TO DO THAT ALREADY.
 
Repeat after me: "I will not overthink plot."

That being said, if your brain is a stagnant quagmire of disoriented thoughts (or conversely, a twister of impossible-to-follow ideas and possibilities), then refreshing yourself on the technicalities of plot can facilitate your efforts in roping in all of those big, shiny story ideas and making sense of them.
 
Which is why — behold! — I am sharing one of my favorite beat sheet visuals with all of you. It's effective for one and all, whether you're the wide-eyed newbie or the caffeine-addicted seasoned writer. Whenever I feel as though I've got far too many thoughts to cram into a single plot, I refer to this beat sheet. 

I hope you find this as helpful as I have! 

— AV 
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