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Apr 12 2016

#atozchallenge J is for James Scott Bell #Writing Plot Ideas from Issues that Outrage @jamesscottbell

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Book: Write Great Fiction – Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell
@jamesscottbell
My dice roll: 39
Lesson: Ways to get plot ideas

This section of the book gives 20 ways to come up with plot ideas. The objective of number four (which is on page 39) is to write a list of issues that fill you with outrage. From this list, a plot can be born! Determine both sides of the issue and have the protagonist and antagonist battle it out.

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In my Existence books, Xavier and those of his kind believe that life on Earth is meant to continue, and that it is their duty to see that is does. The Eyes in the Shadows is an ancient sect that believes that Earth is more like a prison and that ending life here will transport souls to the more desirable afterlife. The Eyes in the Shadows have concluded that Xavier and his kind are keeping this from happening. Souls are prevented from reaching the afterlife, instead forcing birth and reincarnation in the prison of Earth where they know pain, suffering, and other terrible life trials. The Eyes in the Shadows sees the apocalypse as the way to free the world. But, unless they can take down Xavier and his kind, they believe they can’t bring the apocalypse. They think any that they kill would just end up reincarnated to here. So they have to first figure out what, exactly, Xavier and his kind are, then how to destroy them, and then end the world. They’ve been at it for thousands of years.

The issue that outrages me, I suppose, is people who think of life as a prison or a pit-stop on the way to an afterlife. I know that their side is that everything is better in that next place. It isn’t hard to see why they’d believe that. I’ve suffered enough to get it. But I don’t look forward to death like they do. As if life is some prison sentence you have to get through to make it somewhere better. I can’t look at a dead baby and think, “Lucky kid, didn’t have to do much time to get to the afterlife.” But I’ve seen people who have. And I suppose I inflated that experience and made them antagonists. I wouldn’t call it anti-religion, but perhaps anti-extremist? Maybe it’s that I don’t view Heaven as being so far away, but rather part of here in a way the living can’t quite grasp.

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DUELING MEMES


Where do YOU stand on this subject?



Proof that Heaven must be our home Heaven on Earth is a choice



Think about Heaven, not about Earth The divine is on Earth inside us



Heaven is home, I’m just a traveler here Heaven is in the Heart

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What issue most outrages you?



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  1. Kathleen Valentine

    Another resource I was unaware of. Thanks!

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  2. C.Lee McKenzie

    These days I could fill a book with things that outrage me.
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  3. Robin

    I think people are outraged by all sorts of things (some of them are soooo silly to me). In other words, the world feels angrier to me now than it ever has before. Maybe it isn’t, but it sure feels that way.

    However, as a means of garnering ideas for a novel, that’s a good one. I’ve read his book Plot and Structure. JSB gives amazing advice to writers. I like this one, too.

  4. Juneta

    I have several writing books by James Scott Bell on my shelf. Really like him. Good post. People have issues and everyone has an opinion. I am always amazed why they think they have the right to theirs but I don’t have the right to not agree. I like hearing what they think, but I can make up my own mind about what I believe and want from life. Looking forward to death kinda strikes me as always looking to the future and never seeing the good things around you, therefore, you cannot appreciate them in this life.

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  5. Jeffrey Scott

    My yearnings have always been Earth related. I too, find it hard to believe anyone would welcome this. Unless they were in extreme pain I mean. Generally speaking, we all yearn to keep living. What person could point to a date on a calendar and say “This is the day I want to die”. Again, unless they are suffering, mentally, physically or emotionally.
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  6. Cathy Kennedy

    J, nice post! There isn’t too much that outrageous me anymore. I use to be shocked by stuff all.the.time! As a Christian, I know my home IS in heaven, but I’m enjoying the world God has given me to live in; after all He created this great big beautiful planet for us to enjoy every bit as much as He enjoyed placing all the fine details within. I celebrate life in all there is; everyday is a blessing! All of our quotes hold a place in my heart as important in how I look at my life here and the great beyond. Thanks for sharing! Happy A2Zing!

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