>Via, Terence’s Blog, here’s the simple way to build a plot, attributed to author John D. McDonald:
STEP 1: Get your hero up a tree.
STEP 2: Throw rocks at him.
STEP 3: Get your hero out of the tree.
In my story, which I’ve been spending far too much time away from lately, the rocks are sailing through the air. I need to get back to it to make sure I get my hero to remember to duck at least a few of them.