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Plotting Your Story: How to Craft a Complex, Compelling Story Plot

Crystal Crawford, Author. Teacher. Entrepreneur.

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17 Videos (1h 21m)
    • Introduction

      1:50
    • Part 1: The Premise

      9:04
    • Part 1: The Premise ASSIGNMENT

      2:16
    • Part 2: The Internal Story Arc

      11:35
    • Part 2: The Internal Story Arc ASSIGNMENT

      3:57
    • Part 3: The External Story Arc

      10:02
    • Part 3: The External Story Arc ASSIGNMENT

      0:52
    • Part 4: The Thematic Threads

      2:05
    • Part 4: The Thematic Threads ASSIGNMENT

      0:41
    • Part 5: The Revelations

      6:27
    • Part 5: The Revelations ASSIGNMENT

      1:34
    • Part 6: Detailed Outlining: WHY IT MATTERS

      1:58
    • Part 6: Detailed Outlining

      18:08
    • Part 6: Detailed Outlining ASSIGNMENT

      4:28
    • Part 7: The Perfect Ending

      3:44
    • Part 7: The Perfect Ending ASSIGNMENT

      0:46
    • Part 8: Wrap-Up and Additional Resources

      1:31

About This Class

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Learn to plot a compelling story that will keep readers turning the pages with author and writing instructor Crystal Crawford.

This series is ideal for fiction writers of all skill levels.  Though it focuses on novel structure, the concepts could be applied to shorter works of fiction as well.

Key lessons include:

  • Crafting a premise with all the elements of a compelling story
  • Layering internal and external conflict arcs to provide depth to your story
  • Planning out the story in detail to prevent writers' block
  • And more!

Whether you’re a new writer learning the basics, or a seasoned writer looking to expand your skillset, this series will provide in-depth, detailed explanations of the plotting process from beginning to end, having you more prepared to write that novel than ever before.

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Crystal Crawford

Author. Teacher. Entrepreneur.

Crystal Crawford is a writer of fiction and creative nonfiction. She was born in Tampa, FL and received a BA in English from the University of South Florida with a concentration in Creative Writing, and attended graduate courses in English at USF in 2007, where she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant teaching Freshman Composition. She is also passionate about working with animals and animal training, and worked for over 2 years as an assistant manager at a live animal show. Now a full-ti...

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