|Martha and her life-sized Plot Planner|
Martha has been successfully whispering plot for over a decade. Her client list includes best-selling authors, New York editors, and Hollywood movie directors. Martha's passion is to help writers get their story told as evidenced in her free YouTube videos detailing plot.
Although the L.A. SCBWI Writer's Days lasted for two days, I only attended the Sunday intensive with Martha. Fortunately, I was able to spend the two weeks prior to the event dissecting Martha's book The Plot Whisper, so I was primed and ready for all she had to share. Out of respect for the event and the author's work I will only share the highlights here, but if you want to know more feel free to visit Martha's YouTube channel where she shares all about The Universal Story, The Basics of Plotting, The Four Key Scenes and more.
During the five-hour intensive Martha detailed the use of her Plot Planner and the importance of breaking the story into quarters from the End of the Beginning to the Resolution. She also explained the importance of using Energetic Markers to keep your story active and connected. I really enjoyed this workshop, but I have to say my favorite part of the day was when Martha used her plot planner to plot out John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are and Jane O'Conner's Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet. Who knew you could plot out the same major steps of a novel in a picture book? It was a feast for this writer's eyes.
Overall it was a great day. I gained a deeper insight to plot, caught up with old writing friends, and got a free lunch, too! (Well, not exactly free, but it was included with my registration fee.) If you get a chance do check out Martha's book. Or if you've discovered the secret to successful plotting, please share!