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Old 03-06-2014, 03:17 PM   #1
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Lester Dent Plot Formula

Recently I created a template for Scrivener that is based on the Lester Dent Plot and I thought I'd share the formula and the template here at MR in case anyone were interested. I've already begun to come up with a couple possible story lines using the template.

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Old 03-06-2014, 03:40 PM   #2
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Thank you, this is very cool.

Going to have to grab that template once I'm on my Mac.
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Thank you, this is very cool.

Going to have to grab that template once I'm on my Mac.
You're welcome Lemurion. I hope that you find the template useful.
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Reminds me of the "Midsomer Murders" formula.

1. Optional - start with an old murder from way back.
2. Murder in strange place, or with strange object (like a wheel of cheese ... "where's the murder weapon?" ... "you're standing in it!")
3. Village life, and some people where they shouldn't be
4. Have another murder (actually, 3 is a good count for Midsomer)
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:34 AM   #5
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I love Midsomer Murders -- especially with the first male lead. I never thought about them having a formula before. Not surprising perhaps. The mystery genre has it's rules; then toss in the required three act construction for novels, etc., and there isn't much wiggle room. Still, IMHO, completing a novel is difficult even with the help of all those rules.
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I love Midsomer Murders -- especially with the first male lead. I never thought about them having a formula before. Not surprising perhaps. The mystery genre has it's rules; then toss in the required three act construction for novels, etc., and there isn't much wiggle room. Still, IMHO, completing a novel is difficult even with the help of all those rules.
I like the midsomer murder shows too. As for the rules I tend to think of them more as a basic structure on which a story can be built. I mean to use the house analogy you can use the same tools to build a small house or a mansion. The layout will be different and what goes inside once it's finished may vary but the basic techniques used to build both are the same.
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:14 PM   #7
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Matt, now where have I heard that formula before? Oh yes -- Colonel Mustard, in the library, with a lead pipe.
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Ooo, I used to love Clue.
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I wonder how many authors played a game of Clue and then turned it it to a story? Seems like you could.
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