Betty's Tips

Happy summer, dear readers,

Summer’s bounty grows in the garden much like the story I’m plotting for the next NaNoWriMo. I’ve always written as a Pantser and thought just this once to write on the Plotted side of the margin. How hard can it be? Harder than this writer thought! I’m getting too caught up in the research.

One of my writery friends suggested Planning instead of PlottingShe said to start with the ordinary world and write to the Inciting Incident. This should reveal their exterior and internal desires. From there, the character has to hit the Point of no Return. There has to be a battle of some sort where my character shifts from victim to warrior. Then a more difficult conflict leads to the Dark moment where my character triumphs, and returns to life as usual once again.

I’m not convinced planning is the way to go either. Planning sounds very complicated.

“Betty, planning is easier than you realize. A planned plot is much like you battling the weeds sprouting in the vegetable garden. Your external desire is to have bushels of bounty, but internally you want to have the best garden in the neighborhood. You would hit the point of no return when you buy weed barrier instead of that cute fabric at Joanne’s you were eyeing for new curtains.”  

“That would be a tough choice. I’ve saved all winter by coupon clipping for that yellow chintz material,” I say.

“That’s why it’s called the Point of No Return. Your choice is difficult and changes your course of action. After securing weed guard along the rows, you consider yourself victorious. Then the unexpected happens—a rabbit eats the tops off all the vegetables. You wouldn’t get any yield, and instead would become the worst gardener. After repairing the fence hole, and still no sprouts, the neighboring gardeners hears the news and offers you some plants from their gardens. You all have a bountiful harvest and you made the decision to stop being a garden snob.

“I am not a garden snob!” After a moment’s thought, “Maybe a little bit.”

However, the story of my life, as my writer friend surmised, sounds like a terrific way to plan a novel. I’ll get to it right after I check the garden fence for holes.

Happy Writing!

Betty Wryte-Goode 

Betty Wryte-Goode is a writer and mother who lives in the Lehigh Valley. Her passions include writing, reading, shopping, gardening, and exploring the internet. Betty is always looking for writing tips and sharing them with her faithful readers.

Mixed Up 




These two words are easily confused, because they look almost identical at a passing glance. Linguistically, only a pair of verbs separate them from each other. Don’t let their visual similarity fool you, however! These two words have very different—we could even say disparate—meanings. 

Today, disparate is used as an adjective to describes things that are unalike. Synonyms include different, dissimilar, and contrasting. Pete’s weekends in the country seemed completely disparate from his hectic city job. In the past, disparate was also used as a noun, but that version of the word has fallen into disuse and is now considered archaic. 

Desperate is also an adjective. It can be used to describe an emotion where a person has reached a crisis and must make a powerful attempt to reach their goals or risk failing them. Jack reached desperately for the rock, knowing if he didn’t maintain his grip, he would fall. It can also describe a situation for which there is little hope of a good outcome. In a desperate attempt to save her dog’s life, Ruth paid a thousand dollars in vet fees. 

Let’s use both words in a sentence. Carrie’s desperate work to finish her essay the night before it was due was disparate from Sue’s, who had finished hers a week ago.