Exercise 3: One-Sentence Plot
From Daily Writing Tips (#2)
Describe you story in one sentence.
Some people might see this exercise description and think it sounds way too basic, or like a waste of time. For me, taking a minute (or 45) to distill my plot into one sentence isn’t just worthwhile – it’s necessary.
I tend to overcomplicate things. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. My natural tendency is to keep adding subplots into my WIP until it’s ready to burst. I’m getting better at editing them out (thankfully), but even the brainstorming of all those glorious subplots can muddy the waters. Taking the time to articulate the answer to the very simple question “hey Sara, what’s your book about?” is very worth my time.
Rough Out the Basics
From Iconoclastic Writer (Step 4/Plot)