Do you remember, back in elementary or middle school, when your teacher would show you a diagram of a plot? It would be a triangle labeled with key points like climax, resolution, etc. It looked a little something like this:
Think about this plot for a minute. Who wants to read a book with a bunch of exposition? Who wants to read about that much falling action? Nobody, that's who. I don't know why teachers draw diagrams like this.
Here's a better plot diagram, that might actually make for a good book:
Just because I could...I started wondering, what would a diagram look like if it was all falling action? Would that be an anti-plot, or something?
And then there's the Annie plot diagram. The diagram of a book I'd think is extremely awesome. Here it is. Click to see it up-close and personal. Besides, it's cool because it uses a font based off my handwriting.
Then I realized that the Annie Preferred Plot Diagram resembled a dinosaur. And thus the Plotasaurus was born (evolved?):
I tried to interject a point into this post. I'm not sure if I succeeded. Nevertheless, my point is this: Exposition isn't very interesting. Neither is falling action (I'll have to post more on these two later). And don't believe plot diagrams that look sketchy (a law of nature: if it looks sketchy, it probably is). If you've ever called a teacher out on this, please share your experiences.
*I've never had a boyfriend.
Have writing questions? Don't hesitate to shoot me an email at theanniemarie(at)gmail(dot)com!
PS: I made a button out of the Plotasaurus, so now you can have your very own Plotasaurus on your blog! (to link back here, of course...)