By: Liz Wu (8 Dec 16)
You've done your brainstorming, and now it's time to put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard). In a sense, writing a story is like building a house - it goes much faster if you draw up a blueprint first.
A blueprint is an outline of your piece - be it a short story, novel, or screenplay. It can be as general or as specific as you like; the idea is simply to get down in an organized fashion your plan for the piece.
If you happen to be working on a novel, it's good to know the key events before you even start to write. In a screenplay, being aware of the direction of each scene is even more important as the medium tends to be more limited (especially in length). In your blueprint, you will want to include all the information you consider critical to the story, as well as reminders on how you want to set things up. This may entail jotting down settings, character descriptions, actions, and key dialogue.
Below is an example of how one might structure a blue-print for a 10-chapter long novella about how a woman deals with her husband's cheating:The Blue Sock
Chapter 1: Open with Gail, (the main character) waking up in a strange room. Describe the scenery and her emotions of fear and excitement. She leaves a red sock on the pillow as she leaves.
Chapter 2: Gail and her husband Steve have an argument. She wants to know about his frequent "business" meetings and why the flight he claimed to be travelling on doesn't exist. He calls her crazy and storms out of the house.
Chapter 3: Gail waits up late for Steve, feeling bored and resentful. She watches TV, takes a bath, reads listlessly, then begins searching through Steve's dresser and later his computer files.
Chapter 4: Gail discovers emails in Steve's mailbox that are vague, but still raise suspicion. She writes to one of the senders, pretending to be Steve, and sets up a date.
Chapter 5: She goes to the restaurant to meet the email sender and sees the woman sitting on her own, checking her watch etc. Gail picks a table next to her, but does not speak, just observes. The woman looks like a college student, some twenty years younger than Steve.
Chapter 6: Gail and Steve are having a silent dinner at home when the phone rings. Steve is uncomfortable speaking to the person. It is the woman, asking why he stood her up. He pretends to be talking to someone from the office. Says there is an emergency and excuses himself. Says, "You can take care of yourself, can't you?"
Chapter 7: Gail follows Steve and sees him meet the woman at a café. She watches painfully, then has a flashback to the first time she met Steve. During Gail's flashback - Steve and Gail at a football game. He is amazed she likes football and they hit it off.
Chapter 8: Gail is already out, so she decides to have a drink. At the bar, she thinks back to the first time she suspected Steve was cheating on her. She was cleaning the bedroom when she found a blue sock under the bed. It was a woman's sock, but did not belong to Gail.
Chapter 9: Gail At the bar, she meets a man who seems interested in her. They talk about the football game on the TV. He invites her to his place.
Chapter 10: Gail is hyper-aware during her time at the stranger's house. She looks at her surroundings, trying to guess what he is like. They no longer speak, only act. She undresses deliberately, is conscious of everything she does. As she falls asleep alone in a guest bed, she smiles and says, "I can take care of myself."
The above blueprint gives a plan for each individual chapter, reminding the writer what has to be developed at each stage in the piece. How much detail to put in is a matter of choice - just as long as the key dramatic elements are there. This can save a lot of time during the writing process; whenever you get stuck, you can always refer to the blueprint to see where you are and where you want to go.Further Reading
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Im writing a blueprint essay. What is a life blueprint? A life blueprint is a plan to your future. Somepeople might think a constuction worker to build a house.
Cool jazz - 8-Dec-16 @ 11:56 PM
I need a blue print. Step 1. Is? Step 2. And step 3. I have a beginning. Whats next. I haveshort summary of my story but, how do I add, to it, and develope it. If your confused, how about me. Ex. Beginning, story, conflict, plot. which comes first. Then so on.
Poker - 23-Nov-16 @ 3:40 PM
What Is Your Life's Blueprint?
Six months before he was assassinated, King spoke to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967.
I want to ask you a question, and that is: What is your life's blueprint?
Whenever a building is constructed, you usually have an architect who draws a blueprint, and that blueprint serves as the pattern, as the guide, and a building is not well erected without a good, solid blueprint.
Now each of you is in the process of building the structure of your lives, and the question is whether you have a proper, a solid and a sound blueprint.
I want to suggest some of the things that should begin your life's blueprint. Number one in your life's blueprint, should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your worth and your own somebodiness. Don't allow anybody to make you fell that you're nobody. Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance.
Secondly, in your life's blueprint you must have as the basic principle the determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavor. You're going to be deciding as the days, as the years unfold what you will do in life — what your life's work will be. Set out to do it well.
And I say to you, my young friends, doors are opening to you--doors of opportunities that were not open to your mothers and your fathers — and the great challenge facing you is to be ready to face these doors as they open.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great essayist, said in a lecture in 1871, "If a man can write a better book or preach a better sermon or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, even if he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door."
This hasn't always been true — but it will become increasingly true, and so I would urge you to study hard, to burn the midnight oil; I would say to you, don't drop out of school. I understand all the sociological reasons, but I urge you that in spite of your economic plight, in spite of the situation that you're forced to live in — stay in school.
And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. don't just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn't do it any better.
If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can't be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be be the best little shrub on the side of the hill.
Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.
— From the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Conventional Wisdom vs. The Primal Blueprint
In the Primal Blueprint (PB), we will challenge and reframe these major elements of Conventional Wisdom (CW). Consider these alternatives with an open mind; we will discuss each in detail throughout the text.
Grains – wheat, rice, corn, bread, cereal, pasta, etc.
CW: “Staff of Life” – foundation
of healthy diet. 6-11 daily servings recommended by US Government and numerous other experts. Provides main source of energy for working muscles. Choose whole grains for more nutritional value, and extra fiber.
PB: “Worst mistake in the
history of the human race” (UCLA evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond). Drives excess insulin production, fat storage, and heart disease. Allergenic, immune-suppressing, nutritional value inferior to plants and animals. Whole grains possibly worse due to offensive pro-inflammatory, immune and digestive system disturbing agents – especially excessive fiber.
Saturated Animal Fat
CW: Limit intake. Heart disease risk factor. “Eating fat makes you fat.” Replace saturated fats (meat, lard, dairy) with PUFA’s (polyunsaturated fatty acids) like vegetable oils.
PB: Little or no association with heart disease risk. (Framingham and Nurses Health studies). Should be major dietary calorie source (from animal foods). Drove human evolution/advancement of brain function for two million years. Promotes efficient fat metabolism, weight control and stable energy levels. Major risk factor for heart disease is actually Metabolic Syndrome, driven by excess PUFA’s/insufficient Omega-3’s, high carbs/excess insulin and overly stressful lifestyle.
2 | THE PRIMAL BLUEPRINT
CW: Strictly limit intake. Elevated
levels = elevated heart disease risk. Take statin drugs and eliminate animal foods (especially eggs) if total is 200 or over. Consider pre-emptive statin therapy if family history of heart disease.
PB: Essential metabolic nutrient.
What are you building with your Blueprint?
Can you sweep streets with the same passion that Martin Luther King used to inspire others? On October 26, 1964, Dr. King gave a speech to a group of students at Barratt Junior high, six months before his assassination. In Dr. King’s speech “What is your Life’s Blueprint?” he asserts that everyone should be the best they can be, no matter who or what they do. In his “Life’s Blueprint” speech, Dr. King uses metaphors, personification, and similes, in order to figuratively and eloquently inspire students to perform to the best of their abilities.
In the speech “Life’s Blueprint”, he uses metaphors to help describe what a blueprint of life is. His use of metaphors describe his ideas in a figurative, and non-literal way. For example, “If you can’t be a pine at the top of a hill, be a shrub in a valley” is not actually asking students to mimic plants in nature. It actually means that if you can’t be something great, be something that people may not admire, but be the best at it. It also describes how life can open more opportunities to you. The metaphors provide students with an opportunity to think about what a life blueprint is in their own opinion.
Dr. King uses personification to elaborate, or change the way the students feel about themselves and what they want to do. It is used is to emphasize how important life is and how it can offer more choices in life’s journey. For example, “Doors are opening to you” doesn’t literally mean they are opening automatically. Instead, this is meant to describe the many opportunities that life provides. It is a more creative way of discussing a very common topic.
Lastly Martin Luther King uses similes throughout the speech. When he’s using similes, he uses it to compare a tedious and unappreciated job like street sweeping to famous or great people. For example, “Sweep streets like how Michaelangelo painted pictures” compares a poor and menial job to a famous painter and his work.
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