“This book should come with a warning label: ‘Be ready, you are going to have to go deeper than you ever imagined.’” Dorothy Allison Author of Bastard Out of Carolina
Utilize your emotional, psychological, and spiritual self to produce the first draft of a full-length manuscript. This book helps you take the stuff that has been making a mess of your life and use it instead to make art, harmonized with craft. It acts as creative companion for individuals (those with or without writing experience) as they journey through the sharing of an impactful event in life, do exercises that help them transform internal obstacles into external gifts, and then write resolution and outcome. Lockhart’s own rough drafts and excerpts from published fiction, memoir, and poetry of writers like Toi Derricotte, Helena María Viramontes, and Ta‑Nehisi Coates, along with films by writers and directors like Sherman Alexie offer kinship on the journey of unearthing and sharing a personal plot.
At times, you will feel that the book is designed to produce a new emotional, psychological, and spiritual you and that your resulting manuscript is merely the byproduct. Both are true of the design, because the purpose of art is to make yourself vulnerable about your experiences here in life—to have the courage to be vulnerable about those experiences so that you can connect with others who came here solo like you and will leave solo just like you.
And that process of sharing is transformative.
|Publisher:||LaVenson Press Studios|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.62(d)|
About the Author
and is director at LaVenson Press Studios: Inspiring Women to Self-Define through Writing & Publishing. She is pursuing a PhD in Expressive Art Therapies,
holds an MA in literature, and a certificate in writing, directing, and editing film from the NY Film Academy.
She lectures across the US on issues specific to the human struggle and on ways that consuming and creating literature are good for what ails us.
She welcomes visits to her websites:
Table of Contents
Part 1: Jump‑Starting and Warm‑Up Prompts
1 Creating Raw Material 3
2 Warm‑Up Prompts to Reveal the Irony and Tension of Your Dichotomies 15
3 Spelunking and Internal Saboteurs 29
4 Warm‑Up Prompts to Create Raw Material from Your Relationships 40
Part 2: The Stepping Stones of the Full‑Length Manuscript
5 From the Horizon to the Shore of Your Personal Plot 63
6 Write‑Ins: How Do I Get What I Want? 78
7 Keeping Your Raw Material Organized 89
8 Research Your Psyche and Write It In 91
9 Bringing Back the Chief ’s Stone Necklace, and Other Risky Tasks 112
10 Write the Outcome Then Step Into It 124
Part 3: Shaping Your Personal Plot
11 7 Pivotal Scenes to Anchor the Overal Plot 147
12 The Macrocosmic Plot and Its Planetary Scenes 161
13 Secondary Characteristics and Their Impact on Character and Plot 173
14 Setting and Its Impact on Character and Plot 186
Part 4: Craft Elements to Bring About Literary Plot
15 Crafting Internal Character Development 194
16 The Craft of Dramatic Tension – Hope vs. Fear 199
17 Poetic Language and the Dual Purpose of Simile and Metaphor 206
18 The Craft of Scene Arranging 208
19 The Self‑Edit and the Peer Edit 216
Conclusion: Spinning Straw into Wool 231
Glossary of Shared Vocabulary 233
About the Author 251