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I have to Give a Presentation :-(

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.

Different Kinds of Vampire Storylines

With Communion in the hands of Beta-readers and my most recent project Sparkle ready to be published on Wattpad later this week, I’m not sure what I should write next.  Although, it will likely involve vampires.

To give a little bit of background about myself, I always told myself I would NEVER write a vampire story.  Then I worked on a story called Lamia’s Dream, which uses succubi.  My succubi drain a person’s emotional energy, kind of like a psychic vampire.  While on break from that story, I wrote Communion, which centers around creatures called dhampir.

Now I can’t get enough of the blood suckers and I’m thirsty for another vampire story.  To figure out where I should go with vampires next, it’d be helpful to know what’s been done with the night time terrors before.

Here are some common vampire storylines:

Romance:  A female (usually human) and a male (usually vampire).  In Lamia’s Dream, I tried to switch it up by having a human male and female succubus pairing.

Love slave:  This falls under romance, except the human (usually female) is a slave to the vampire.

Revenge:  Vampires killed the protagonist’s family.  Now the protag is gonna make those fang faces pay!

Vamp/Human Hybrid:  Protag is has a vampire parent and human parent.  Is often a vampire hunter.

Rebellion:  The vampires are the reigning authority and someone has the stop them.

Horror:  In the spirit of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the humans have no special abilities but have to fight a supernatural foe.

Comedy/Parody:  Some vamps just wanna stay out of trouble, but trouble has a way of finding them!

Coming of age:  This one also isn’t vampire specific.  But a younger vampire “grows up” (so to speak) to become a more mature vampire.

Fledgling:  This is like the coming of age story.  But it usually focuses on the human who was first turned into a vampire and they’re struggle to adapt.  Communion would fall under this category.

This list isn’t meant to be all-inconclusive.  In fact, I might be missing some.  Can you think of any other examples of the vampire storylines?