Rooster plotting his escape on a rainy day at Circle Pond Farm...Tip - There is no plot.
"In my view, stories and novels consist of three parts: narration, which moves the story from point A to point B and finally to point Z; description, which creates a sensory reality for the reader; and dialogue, which brings characters to life through their speech. You may wonder where plot is in all this. The answer- my answer, anyway- is nowhere."Top - On Writing, Stephen King
How it works in my life - In these beginning days of a novel I want to remember this. Why? Because I want to get the story down in a white-hot heat. I don't want to leap ahead to structural analysis - to fretting about the arc and so forth. In fact, I am probably only worrying about the first part - the narration. I feel like I am definitely telling the story at this point. Well, I am a pantser tried and true. I have to tell the story first because I have no idea what it is. Then I'll go back and add more dialogue and description. I just put in place holders at this point. When I read this my internal editor loosens her grip. I remember that at least for now, it is not my business to find plot - I just want the story. King goes on to say something in this part of the book that I think of ALL the time - that is that to him 'stories are found things, like fossils in the ground' and that it is our job to get it out of the ground intact - or as intact as possible using the tools in our toolbox to do so. I love this image. He says that of all the tools we have at our disposal - plot is like a jackhammer. It may get the story out but it will break as much as it liberates. He goes on to say that it is the good writer's last resort and the lousy writer's first one.
Now I must go to my wip - Good Enough - and do a little more excavating. I discovered yesterday that one of my protagonist's daughters would like to speak - so now my story has two protagonists. I like this. The book just got way wider. The joy!