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We hear the term “plot” used as one of the three cornerstones of creating a fictional story: 1) Characters, 2) World, and 3) Plot. Starting from the very definition of what a plot is, fiction author Valerie Willis will dive into how genres play a part in plot development, the different types of plot such as main versus sub-plot versus world plot, and how they interact with the story’s characters and the world or setting. Building a thorough understanding of plot and how to develop one can be a game changer in the way you tell your story. From the standard Hero’s Journey to Romance tropes and beyond, let’s break them down together.

Valerie Willis is a sixth generation Floridian who loves crafting novels with elements inspired by Mythology, Superstitions, Legends, Folklore, Fairy Tales and even history. Her fantasy romance novels within The Cedric Series are a wonderful blend of genres that appeal to a wide-range of readers, whether they like paranormal, fantasy, romance or action adventure. She braved the Independent publishing route at the end of 2012 and has devoted herself to being a pillar of “Self-Publishing How-to”, from formatting of both print and digital versions to book cover designs. You can often find this Author hosting workshops about writing and self-publishing in the Orlando, Florida area or working on her next novel. She loves to inspire other writers and creative minds. Be sure to visit her blog for some of the advice she has to offer, from a perspective that has influences from Game Development and Graphic Design.