Posted by B. Patterson
Not sure if I’ve mentioned it on here before, but I’m a part of the local chapter of the Maryland Writer’s Association.
[Pause: Let me go ahead and encourage any writer reading this to join up with writer organizations. They’re great for gaining invaluable information and resources and for the one thing we NEVER get tired of, networking].
Anyway, as I wanted to increase my level of activity with them and give back to a group that’s given me so much, I was asked to give a presentation at our November meeting. Definitely not what I had in mind, but I can deal.
My presentation will be on plot development.
I’ve read several books on plot, including Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. In fact, use of those readings are what made Communion a candidate for self-publishing while Lamia’s Dream (my Succubus story) is only available on Wattpad.
In addition to referring to what I’ve learned from those books, I was also asked to compare the plot structures of several books by the same author. For example, I’ve heard that bestselling authors like Stephen King and James Patterson use the same plot structure in a lot of their books.
With that being said, I’d like to ask for your help. Can you tell me 3-4 titles by Stephen King or James Patterson that use similar plot structures? How about for a different author?
The point of this presentation is NOT to encourage writers to “steal” the formula used by another author, but to teach them such formulas exist and open their mind up to possibilities.
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.