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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Happy Anniversary LASR! Viki Lyn

Good morning! I'm happy to be participating in the Fourth Anniversary WC Blog Fest! For those who don't know me, here's a short bio:

Rainbow award winner, Viki Lyn is a successful writer of sexy gay romance. Her book, Out of Bounds, has received stellar reviews for realistically depicting the hardship many gay people experience when coming out. Fighting Chance has been just released and is the second book in her vampire series, the first book, Last Chance an All Romance Ebooks bestseller!

Lately I've been thinking a lot about plots. I need to come up with some story ideas for 2012! So, what is the difference between story vs. plot?

Story: It’s a full sequence of events in chronological order but nothing to do with characterization. Dry outline of stuff that happens.

“The king dies. Then the queen dies.”

Plot: A series events that give story meaning and effect—in other words, specific purposes of scenes that move the story along. Can also think of it as the blueprint of your story. Plot contains the main events and how they are related, how those events enact change in characters, and how their conflicts are resolved. Reveals dramatic, emotional impact.

“The king dies. Then the queen dies of grief.”

When I first think of a story idea I go for the bare bones.

Boy loves best friend. Boy and BF get together. End of story. (BTW – this is one of my favorite story lines and totally over-used but I love it when it's well done.)

This is the story idea but not the plot  – it's a very basic idea that a writer can embellish and take in any direction.

Now for the plot.

Let's say the Boy has always loved his BF, but he knows that the BF doesn't believe in relationships. Never has, just likes to fool around. Boy doesn't want to get his heart crushed so he hides his love from his BF...etc, etc. And then of course we can add more conflict and subplots - BF finds a cache of stolen money and before he can report it the police, the mob goes after him. Boy has to help his BF and possibly save his BF's life. BF realizes what a great guy Boy is and falls for him. They live HEA.

Alright pretty lame plot, but it's a start.

Do you have favorite story lines you love to read over and over? What are some of your favorites?

The other day I asked on a chat, and a couple of readers mentioned they liked the story line: enemies fall in love. That's a little harder to pull off, because the writer really has to make sure there's a very plausible reason for them to fall for each other!

Fighting Chance (Book 2 of my vampire series) - Kresnik vampire slayer Corbin Hamilton is sexually attracted to vampire Johan. Johan has fallen in love with the slayer but Corbin refuses to think of Johan as anything but a vampire and therefore an enemy. This makes for some very intense sexual heat. Read excerpt!

So let me know some of your favorite story lines - I'd love to hear from you! And remember, leave a comment and get a chance to win the Grand Drawing! Check out LASR Promo Link for detail information on the exciting events happening this weekend!


Seawalker said...

I really liked your intro to Fighting Chance enough to add it to my TBR list. I think many readers select books that fall into certain story lines; and reject books if they have what they consider an "over used" story line. This however, can translate into the situation where an author can provide a plot on a common story line that feels new, then readers will keep coming back.
Thanks for an interesting post!

booklover0226 said...

Hi, Viki.

I like stories where the main characters detest each other and then eventually fall in love. And add a snarky hero for a bit of splash!

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I like rivals to lovers stories. I like to see people bicker and clash before they fall in love. Their explosive confrontations usually lead to some sort of romantic interaction.

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Na said...

I like reunions and second chances stories. Those never grow old on me and they are just as good in action-packed thrillers or contemporary stories. They tend to be emotional stories which I like.

Viki Lyn said...

Some good ideas you guys for plot ideas! Reunions and second chances is also one of my favorites, too, Na. It is hard not to just rehash an old story line, but there are only so many out there, and Shakespeare did them all!

Toni said...

I can see the problems of writing enemies falling in love. It is great when it is pulled off though. One of my favorites is Special Forces by Marquesate. It is an online epic story that takes place over 25 years. AMAZING M/M story!!