Yesterday when I was writing or thinking about that wretched Wretched Excess plot I spent some time looking up other’s lists of master plots. So far I’ve only collected them into my writing wiki and skimmed the contents. I find the variety interesting; I may employ some of them in future months.
My twenty master plots book wraps up with a bit of a cheat if you ask me. Tobias combines the chiral Ascension and Descension plots as if he were running out of paper to print his book and just now noticed how similar they are to each other. I don’t begrudge him the aggregation, but I would be less critical had he done the same with his other matched plots.
Anyhow. He contends the difference between these plots and others is the gradual nature of each, the protracted crescendo or decrescendo of the main character. The plots I find them similar to, Transformation and Wretched Excess, should be administered quickly and focus on the effect each change has on the character rather than drawn out and focusing on the character…or something like that.
Both Ascension and Descension rather an ultra-real charismatic character who can hold a reader’s attention and carry the whole plot.
I keep thinking maybe a day with these plots in my head will turn them into something appealing by evening. I suspect I’d need to devote brain time to the effort to get anything out of it. Funny that.
I hope Tritti the Pilgrim from The Shanty thread helps me out here tonight.
Theme – Ascension
Setup – Tritti pilgrimages to ah’Taconschientee.
Plot Point 1 – Against tradition, Tritti decides to enter ah’Taconschientee to deliver the [McGuffin] Johnka gives her. She meets Brother Gane.
Pinch 1 – In the land-side market You attempts to kill Tritti. People she’s just met protect her with their lives.
Mid-point Twist – Johnka confesses to Tritti that he is a demi-god.
Pinch 2 – You kills Johnka but misses Tritti.
Lull – Tritti recovers from her wounds at Brother Gane’s monastary.
Plot Point 2 – Tritti inspires the monks to escort her back to ah’Taconschientee to complete the delivery.
Conclusion – Tritti fights off the folks she’s been battling and ultimately delivers the [McGuffin].
378 words on day 677