There are all sorts of tools for writers to use when they’re considering the structure of their books: spreadsheets, color-coded post-its, computer software. Ultimately, though, there isn’t a blueprint for a great plot. For some writers, the end is the beginning. A certain moment or an outcome presents itself, and then the writer works toward that ending. For others, it’s essential not to know what will happen next. To varying degrees, plots are assembled through a combination of planning and discovery. From meticulous outlines to embracing the unknown, four writers talk about the art of plotting a novel.
Moderated by Matthew Lansburgh.