same basic ingredients, totally different story.
each "chef"/each author makes the salad/story unique.
plot "recipe": ordinary world, inciting incident, first life-changing choice regarding conflict, various plot points, second life-changing choice regarding conflict, big blowout scene with antagonist, finale
basic plot for almost all successful stories, right? meaning...the same basic ingredients for ALL stories.
the plot premise, the character's goal(s), the conflict(s), the fears, may be unique and creative and with their own twist.
add in the characters, the setting, the writing style, and the voice
and you've got yourself a successful story you can call your own.
even though the framework is just like everyone else's.
basic salad ingredients: lettuce, various ingredients, dressing, toppings
what kind of lettuce? romaine? spinach? mix?
one can choose a veggie salad: (mix in with lettuce) carrots, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, cucumber
add cheese, croutons, sunflower seeds, egg
dressings: oil and vinegar, french, ranch, some amazing conconction you've put together with a food processor (just got one! can't wait to try it out and share dressings with you someday!)
or a fruit salad: (mix in with lettuce) strawberries, blueberries, apple slices
first of all, what a great array of choices (delish) for a cool, summer salad!
second, think about how plotting should be sooo the same, yet can be made soooo different.
lettuce-plot structure (lettuce type-genre, each genre as it's own plot model so the one above may not apply or may need tweaking!)
characters-veggies/fruit (each character as unique as the various ingrdients...apples and oranges, er.)
writing style, voice-seeds, cheese, croutons
am i stretching this?
maybe so, but it's a monday, so here are some salad ideas for you
along with a reminder to make sure your plot is strong and includes all the important parts!
happy writing and eat healthy. :o)
ps had a great time visiting with michael from In Time! He drove up and visited me and my fam and we had a lovely time chatting, both in the cool a/c in my living room and in the smothering heat on my deck! (but neither of us thought to take a picture!!!)