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  • Heya! Hope NaNo is going well for everybody! If you need some extra planning done or are struggling with a plot point, remember the PlanMo journal prompts are here to help. (You can also get badges for doing any number of the prompts, with different badges for different numbers! They're all super cute, or at least Lim thinks so because she designed them :P)

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    Hop on over to see the Oct 2022 PlanMo Journal Challenges! (Link)

    Oct 9, 2022

    Liminality Hurray!! :D
    Oct 9, 2022

  • Hello everyone! The badges for the PlanMo Journal Challenge have been awarded. Hope you all enjoy the shiny Pantser, Plantser and Planner badges! :D

    Congratulations to everyone who started a journal in this club this year! You all did super amazing. I hope this challenge helped you with NaNo and inspired you to keep creating. <3

  • Heya everyone! How have the first few days of NaNo been going? We have a little announcement about the badges for the PlanMo Journal Challenge, which you can still join if you haven't. At the end of NaNo, the following badges will be awarded:

    Pantser - for completing 1-6 challenges

    Plantser - for completing 7-9 challenges

    Planner - for completing all 10 challenges

    So what are you waiting for? Join us now in making our journals and get that NaNo going! :D

  • Let's chat a bit about our protagonist and antagonist. One of the challenges was to think about how similar or different they really are. If your protag and antag are similar in a lot of aspects but different in some important parts, that makes them foils to each other. Foils are really interesting because how they highlight each other's traits can convey the themes and messages of your story. Feel free to share how you think your protag and antag interact with each other in this way in the comments below, and to complete the challenge in the PlanMo club forums!


  • Here's my difficult plot point.

    Just as some background information: Ren and Aruna are both mutants living in the Mutation Zone. That means they each have special powers (though said powers are hard to use and come with physical drawbacks, as well as the risk of turning into a monstery creature under certain circumstances). The 'families' are groups of mutants that control certain territories within the Mutation Zone and help protect it, and the unmutated people, from said monstery creatures. Kingpiece is a fellow mutant who is trying to conquer the whole Mutation Zone in order to impose her own rules on it.

    Now, the plot point in question:

    Ren and Aruna are following Kingpiece's operatives around to try and understand their strategy so that they can stop Kingpiece from taking over the whole of the mutation zone. Aruna is doing this herself despite being a family head because she's a bit of a control freak.

    The operatives go to see members of the Bridge family, a family of medium power that live under a bridge, and challenge them to duels. I'm not sure exactly how many duels there will be. I'm thinking of there being three duels in total, but only one that is really focused on.

    After Kingpiece's operatives win all three duels, Kingpiece goes to the businesses surrounding the Bridge family, and some of them pledge their allegiance to her. But because Kingpiece only wants 'the strongest' in the new mutation zone, she immediately disbands two of the businesses that are closer to failing.

    I'd love to hear any thoughts you have on this c:

  • Hello Planners! Just a short tip for the challenge Main Character's Motivations today. Have you ever heard of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs? This psychological theory might be an interesting place to start or to inspire you in thinking about your protagonist's motivations. You can read about it in this article from ThoughtCo.

    Are there any other psychological or philosophical frameworks that might inspire you to think of your characters in a new way? Let us know!


  • Hiya Planners! Today's challenge of focus is the 'Outline a difficult plot point' challenge. (Remember you can find all of the challenges in the master post in the club forum.)

    Today, we're calling on you to post your difficult plot points on the club wall. A plot point is a specific event or moment in time in the story.
    Some good questions to ask yourself when reading someone else's plot point are: does this seem believable? Why do you think this is happening in the story? How do you think it will be resolved? How would you resolve it, if you were a character in the story?

    Remember a tip that often applies to reviews as well: sometimes what is needed is a note of the symptoms not a diagnosis - so be honest and ask questions back or let the writer know what is confusing.


  • Hi everyone, today we're going to talk about the plotting challenge! This challenge is all about getting your plot down on paper (or word doc or WFP!). Whether you choose to use a graph or a list, here are some questions to get the brain gears going. How does the story begin? When will the readers first hear about the main character's goal and how? What is the climax of the story? What are the major obstacles to their goal and when will your character encounter them?

    Something to note on time: some genres are 'used to' having more timeskips than others. people might expect a more traditional chronological approach to a a fantasy adventure novel a la Tolkien, but an edgy experimental sci-fi story might be expected to have scenes that come in a different order than they occurred in 'real' time. Of course, you can always play with those expectations!


    TheWordsOfWolf Plot? I'm supposed to have a plot? cause thats completely in shambles.
    Oct 25, 2021

    Liminality Shambles are still great if you manage to get them down on paper! There's no need to follow a very structured idea of what a 'plot' can be. Sometimes just a few scribblings or a doodly mindmap of your concept gets the job done. c:
    Oct 25, 2021

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  • Elevator Pitch: An Anachronistic Aye

    Three girls die as the result of a massive chain of mysterious alterations in time. The forces that manage time have to scramble to find the source of these anomalies and put and end to it before it can cause more damage. Meanwhile, the girls have to deal with the complications of being stuck between life and death, all the while mastering brand new powers and completing a trial that they must complete should they wish to return to the land of the living.

    IcyFlame I love the first line of this! It's immediately throwing me into the key plot point and already I have a million questions.

    If I'm picking something to improve on it would be this:
    completing a trial that they must complete should they wish to return

    Completing something they have to complete seems a bit trivial, maybe you could change to something more like 'completing a trial for their only chance to return to the land of the living'.

    Oct 27, 2021

  • Liminality We're glad to have you here! :D
    Oct 21, 2021

    IcyFlame Yay welcome!
    Oct 22, 2021

  • I don't really do planmo but I thought elevator pitches sounded interesting so i thought I'd give this a shot.

    Elevator Pitch: The Finders

    Two elves, who don't conform to their roles in society, go out looking for adventure. On their way they get lost a few times and get caught in a few scrapes, but through it they discover healthier coping mechanisms. They realize that they can change things, if only through a growth mindset and determination, and they go for it- in their own strange little elfman ways.

    Liminality Nice! I like how you described the story here, it's very concise and gives the essence of the story. I'm guessing it's mainly a character-driven plot? What sort of "scrapes" do the elves get into? And what is it they are trying to change?
    Oct 21, 2021

    KateHardy Hmm...well I've read the first bits of it, but hmm this does seem like a slightly slower paced plot without a sort of main antagonist but rather a journey for the characters themselves. It sounds like it could be interesting and having read the start, I know its interesting :D
    Oct 24, 2021

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  • An elevator pitch, elevator speech, or elevator statement is a short description of an idea, product, or company that explains the concept in a way such that any listener can understand it in a short period of time. Describe your novel as though it were an elevator pitch.

    What would you say to someone to describe your novel in a short paragraph? Who is the main character? Where is it set? What conflict occurs?

    Post your elevator pitches on the club for feedback from our PlanMo team!


  • Right I forgot to mention, feel free to post your elevator pitches on the club wall for feedback!

    Elevator pitch: Project Mutant Families

    In the 1960s, a mysterious substance unearthed in the tin mines mutated a quarter of Ayer Pedang's population, creating genes that could be triggered either to produce Corrupted monsters or superhumans. Eager to return the love and care of his adoptive father/ martial arts master, Ren, one of the superhumans, aims to protect his family community from the Kingpiece faction, a rival mutant family to his father threatening a takeover of the mutation zone and a new, more unforgiving rule of law. However, he comes into conflict with his peace-loving father over the limits of compassion, moral sainthood and one's duty to family, which makes him question his own moral stance.

    KateHardy This sounds pretty cool!! The fact that the protagonist is sort of stuck in a position where he wants to protect his community, but then ends up clashing with his father while doing that seems like it could make for a very interesting arc. And superhumans and mysterious substances are always cool :D
    Oct 24, 2021

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