Apr 12 2016

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

The craft of fiction writing is the Theme for the #atozchallenge 2016 on the blog of @JLenniDorner
Click for my theme details

26 writing reference books containing 26 lessons leads to a month of #WriteTips and writing samples

J is for “James”
Book: Write Great Fiction – Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell
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.

line break

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.

line break


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

line break

What issue most outrages you?

Rafflecopter Giveaway link in coffee cup image from @JLenniDorner

Socialize online with J Lenni Dorner:

@JLenniDorner on Twitter WhatAreThey on Facebook pages Author J Lenni Dorner on G+ JLenniDorner on Pinterest Follow J Lenni Dorner on Tumblr Find J Lenni Dorner on AboutMe Connect with J Lenni Dorner on LinkedIn
Author page of J Lenni Dorner on Amazon Author J Lenni Dorner on Smashwords friend J Lenni Dorner on Goodreads Nanowrimo buddy J Lenni Dorner Networked Blog @JLenniDorner Linky Followers @JLenniDorner Bloglovin

Blogging from #AtoZChallenge April 2016
@JLenniDorner is in space 20 on the A to Z challenge 2016

April 8 to 14 enter a 100 dollar Amazon Giftcard giveaway for Twitter follows on the blog of @JLenniDorner

Featured Share of the Day: Lehigh Valley Gay Men's Chorus chocolate fundraiserLVGMC has a chocolate fundraiser going on

line break

@OpAwesome6 #FlashFiction Winner @JLenniDorner April 2016
Click to read my winning story.


Skip to comment form

  1. Another resource I was unaware of. Thanks!

    Meet My Imaginary Friends
    #AtoZchallenge http://www.kathleenvalentineblog.com/
    Kathleen Valentine has this post to share J is for Jake: Blogging the #AtoZchallengeMy Profile
    Find on Twitter:

  2. These days I could fill a book with things that outrage me.
    Find on Twitter:

    • Robin on April 12, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    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.

    • Juneta on April 12, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    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.

    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit
    Juneta has this post to share The Black Orchid by Author Celine JeanJean Steampunk AdventureMy Profile
    Find on Twitter:

  3. 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.
    Find on Twitter:

  4. 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!

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    All Things Vintage: J-E-L-L-O #AprilA2Z
    Find on Twitter:

Comments have been disabled.

%d bloggers like this: