Bird by Bird - Part 1, Section 8, Plot Summary & Analysis

Anne Lamott
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Part 1, Section 8, Plot Summary and Analysis

Plot, according to Anne, is deeply rooted in character. Finding out what the character is most passionate about is one way to develop plot. Challenge the character's passion and the resulting actions and reactions will create plot. Action for action's sake will take away the credibility of the character. It will also abuse the reader's trust of the narrator. When action is strongly connected to character it will be true.

Drama is the hook to engage the reader with the plot. Setup, build up and pay off are the cycles of drama. None can be shortchanged for the sake of action. A compelling character engaging in action relating to defending their established passion will naturally entail drama. The goal is to get the reader to go along as the drama works itself out. The drama and the...

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