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Old 08-08-2012, 06:28 PM   #1
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Plot motivators and spicers

In the sample of "Steal this Plot" the authors list 13 plot motivators and 13 plot spicers as part of finding a plot for a story/novel. I found the idea interesting. For example one motivator was Vengeance and one of the spicers was Deception. (The complete list of both are listed in the sample, and is worth a look.) Anyway it struck me that such is easy to build on if you think about it. One of the DeathWish movies (I think # 4) uses just that combo. Charles Bronson's character wants to get back at those who sold the drugs that killed his girlfriends daughter (Vengeance) and he is enlisted by another man who claims to want to get rid of the drug pushers as well (Deception). I'm sure a lot of different stories could be told by a mixture of a motivator and spicer. Does anyone here use such a method or something similar when coming up with their plots?
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Old 08-09-2012, 03:10 AM   #2
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I have found most of the formula writing tips to be just lists of what comes naturally as you tell a fictional story. Usually your imagination gets there without a todo list.

Still if you feel your story needs something then anything that helps is certainly worthwhile.
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Does anyone here use such a method or something similar when coming up with their plots?
No, but it looks like an interesting book.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:50 AM   #4
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So where do we find 'Steal this Plot'?
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:43 AM   #5
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So where do we find 'Steal this Plot'?
http://www.amazon.com/Steal-This-Plo.../dp/0839778805

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Thanks, Kenny. I see I have to pay money for it, too!
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:28 AM   #7
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Yeah, the whole book costs a few bucks though the free sample does include the list of plot motivators and spicers. The rest of the book is more expansion on the different motivators and advice on adding spicers as well as advice on copyright and such. And only $2.99 for the Kindle version which isn't bad.
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And only $2.99 for the Kindle version which isn't bad.
Actually, it's discounted at the moment: you can buy it for only $2.88 .
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Actually, it's discounted at the moment: you can buy it for only $2.88 .
Drat! I missed out on saving 11 cents.
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