I think I'm more of a drop-characters-into-a-situation-kind of writer. Which is fine, but the dang story needs to go somewhere instead of meandering along, right? I recognize plots, of course, and when I'm reading a novel, I can see what is rising action and what is the climax, for instance, but for whatever reason, doing that in my own stuff has been a challenge.
One of the reasons why I wrote a long outline for the current draft of the current (and sometimes it feels like never ending) WIP is that I wanted to be able to work on plotting.
I understand the basic principles of a plot. I've read writing books on plotting. Inciting incident, the first plot point-door-of-no-return, the Choice, the climax...
The outline certainly does build and go somewhere, which is a huge improvement over draft three, but it's not as tightly-plotted as I kind of wish it could be.
Taking the WIP from my basic premise:
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