Hello. In 1928, novelist William Wallace Cook published a book that allows one to piece together as many as 1,462 different plots. Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots was designed with this in mind: The theory itself may be simple—“Purpose, opposed by Obstacle, yields Conflict”—but Cook takes his “Plottoist” through hundreds of situations and scenarios, guiding the reader’s hand through a dizzying array of “purposes” and “obstacles.”The method is broken down into three stages:1. The Master Plot2. The Conflict Situation3. Character Combinations Here is how it works: Plotto looks like an algebra book at first: Protagonists A and B, and their numerically designated friends, rivals and relatives all combine and compete in pursuit of love, money, success and sometimes even a mysterious item X.Each plot is cross-referenced with other plots that combine well with it. For example, here's plot 1,258: "B, a woman criminal arrested by A-6, a detective, seeks to effect her escape by artful strategy."Cook notes that this can be preceded by plots 448 and 1,309b, and followed by 3b, 10a, and 16a — which involves A-6 finally catching up to B, but then falling in love with her. 'Plotto': An Algebra Book For Fiction Writing : NPRIt might seem confusing, but there is an app for that! This wonderful little tool randomizes the plots and spits them out, ready to use: Fiction Idea Generator I picked it up for $1, and I'm itching to use it. This is where you come in. I propose setting up the TFP Plotto Machine. TFP's writers, whether practicing or aspiring, will be the gears that produce the output: flash fiction. Here's how it works: 1. Randomly generate a Plotto plot. (I've got this covered.)2. Participating writers abide by the same Plotto outcome, writing a story no longer than 1,000 words.3. Post the story within a 1-week deadline.4. Read, enjoy, compare outcomes.5. Bask in the majesty of TFP's creative members! With the help of the illustrious roachboy, who has been my collaborator on this idea so far, I will set up the TFP Plotto Machine. We need your help getting the machine started and keeping it running. Do you have any New Year's resolutions? Do they include being more creative? How about writing? One way to improve your writing is a regular habit. This project will help you establish just that. It is an achievable goal, and you can participate as often or as little as you like. Do you write science fiction? Fantasy? Horror? Erotica? Mystery? Literary? Experimental? Want to try any or all of these? All is welcome and encouraged! Just getting started? A bit rusty from inactivity? This is the perfect opportunity to develop your chops. Some of you may know that a few of us participated in NaNoWriMo this year, and for me it was a great experience. However, I know much of what I wrote is really the work of an amateur. I want to work more at my craft. I'm sure some of you do to. The only way we'll get better is with practice. Consider this an opportunity to be a part of a writing group that helps you improve your craft. Constructive criticism/feedback isn't necessary, but you can ask for it if you wish, or you can opt out of it if you aren't comfortable with it. This is meant to be a space where creativity flourishes. This space is for you. So I invite you! What say you? Please post any questions, comments, feedback, or ideas regarding this project. This thread is to gauge interest and to work out the details. Let's hear it! Who's in?