May 03, 2010

Lost and Not Found

I've lost Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell and I am frantic trying to locate it! There are only so many places it could be, right? There is no one to loan it out to...well, there is one, but I don't remember loaning it to her.

So where or where art thou, oh book so needed and desired?

The thing is, I am ruminating a story idea and want to be a "plotter" with this one instead of doing it by the seat of my pants. I need to read through this book again so I know how to do it right. I want my plot to be sound, with no holes. I want the story to flow, with no skips and lurches. I need to find this book!

And no, my library does not carry it. *gasp*

I suppose I could use my Amazon money that I've won from Swagbucks, but I am wanting some fun books from some favorite authors that are coming out soon. (Swagbucks is a site to earn online money by using their search engine. You can exchange the online money to purchase gift cards and other merchandise. I always buy the Amazon gift cards and put it in my Amazon account to feed my book habit. Shameless plug, I know.) I really don't want to purchase a book I KNOW has to be around here somewhere.

So now what? I'm not sure. I need some help in plotting, to be sure, but am not quit sure what to do. I wonder if there are online helps I could find? Or maybe my library has something comparable. (I know, I know, there is nothing like Bell's work!) But surely there is something out there to help me.

Any ideas?


16 comments:

  1. If you whine to the library, they may order it as a new acquisition. Love my swagbucks too!

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  2. Misplacing items, so annoying. Hope you find your copy soon.

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  3. Whenever I lose something, I do one of two things: Ask my husband, whose nickname is Sherlock Dadlock, to hunt and find it, or ask the Lord to show me where it is. We once found a cup of coffee in the linen closet!!! That turned into a column for the newspaper.

    Praying you find it, dear. I love Swagbucks, too. I just cashed in my first points for Amazon money, without spending one cent. I like that system!

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  4. I've never heard of swagbucks! I'm so excited to check it out. Sorry about the book :(

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  5. Do you have Maass's Breakout Novel Workbook? The workbook is super helpful in generating ideas.

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  6. I've not heard of Swagbucks. Cool!

    Hopefully you'll find the book soon. If not, request it at the library. If they don't order it, they could get it inter-library loan.

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  7. That stinks! If you weren't so far away, I'd loan ya mine!

    I've never heard of swagbucks either... WILL have to check it out!

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  8. Sorry your book is lost. I predict you'll find it about the time you don't need it anymore... ;-)

    Have you discovered Holly Lisle yet? She has a plethora of free plotting advice and info (as well as a *ton* of other free writing stuff) on her site that has really helped me clarify the way I organize things. Here's a link to her "Create A Professional Plot Outline" free pdf file (non-affiliate link) - maybe that would help? Check out the site while you're there - no end of free stuff for writers. :-)

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  9. I hate when this happens!! I seem to misplace stuff all the time. I've probably spent 10% of my life looking for lost items.

    Hoope you find it soon!

    If not, it's probably worth the re-purchase. But of course, the minute you buy a new copy, you'll find your old one. :)

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  10. I agree, once you have the tool that works best you don't want to use a substitute.

    Mother's Day is coming maybe you could hint to one of the kids.

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  11. Ok - can't help you much with JSB but Swagbucks? gotta check that out!

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  12. Yeah, I'd say request it at the library. We do that all the time here ;)

    I'm definitely going to have to check Swagbucks out!

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  13. I agree with Tamika. A great 'hint' for Mother's Day. And even if you do find the original, you'll now have two in case one gets misplaced again. Best wishes!

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  14. Put your Mommy Eyes in. When something's lost here, it works like a charm.

    This is one I've got to put on my list!

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  15. Diane, I hadn't thought about putting on my Whiney Pants and going up to the library to get them to purchase it! :)

    CJ, thanks! I am going to make another round of searching in a bit.

    Jeanette, I haven't prayed about it yet, but I know there have been times when I have prayed over a lost item and lo and behold, it's found! :)

    Julie, swagbucks has earned me $15 in Amazon gift cards in the last couple months!!

    Jody, well, I didn't whine about Maas's book, but it has run away with Bell's book. :(

    Erica, oooo, and inter-library loan!!! Another thing I hadn't thought about!

    Krista, why don't you pack up and move on over to Texas! We will treat you right!

    Jaime!!! What a great site! Thank you so much for giving me the link, because I jumped over and was amazed at the wealth of info there. And you are right, I'm sure my book will show up after I get my next book plotted! lol

    Katie, yes, I'm thinking I may have to break down and re-purchase it. But that's okay! If I find the other one, I can give it to my writer friend.

    Tamika, Mother's Day is a GREAT idea! I'll definitely be dropping hints!

    Jaime, swagbucks is just an easy way to earn a little money for my book habit! ;)

    Cindy, okay...I suppose I'll ask the library. I just hope they can get it quick! :)

    Lynn, I think asking for Mother's Day is a wonderful idea! I think I shall!

    Janna, oh yes...the Mommy Eyes are indeed powerful, aren't they! Do they dim with age though? lol

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  16. I get frantic when my writing books go astray!

    Maybe you could try a melding of pansting/plotting. Determine the main plot points first and let your panster self do the rest?

    Have fun!

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