Read the chatscript from Caroline Leavitt’s October 13, 2014 #LitChat session here.Caroline-Leavitt-2

Novels are about characters embroiled in a situation that requires something of them. That something is the basis of plot. Whether you outline your story in advance, or write it line by line as you go, if you don’t have a plot, you don’t have a story.

We are thrilled to have New York Times bestselling author Caroline Leavitt in #LitChat to discuss what she calls “The Rolling Stones Method of Plotting.” Leavitt outlined her method in a recent post on Book Doctor.

Among Leavitt’s many awards and accomplishments, she is author of Is This Tomorrow, Pictures of You, Girls In Trouble, Coming Back To Me, Living Other Lives, Into Thin Air, Family, Jealousies, Lifelines, Meeting Rozzy Halfway. Various titles were optioned for film, translated into different languages, and condensed in magazines. 

Leavitt has been a judge in both the Writers’ Voice Fiction Awards in New York City and the Midatlantic Arts Grants in Fiction. She teaches novel writing online at both Stanford University and UCLA Extension Writers Program, as well as working with writers privately.

She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, New York City’s unofficial sixth borough, with her husband, the writer Jeff Tamarkin, and their teenage son Max.

OrbsLater This Week in #LitChat

Join us in #LitChat at 4 p.m. E.T. on October 15, 2014 when Nicholas Sansbury Smith is guest host to discuss his breakthrough science fiction novel, Orbs.

Follow Nicholas Sansbury Smith on Twitter: @greatwaveink.