Definitions

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  • v. Present participle of plot.
  • n. The act of scheming or making plots; machination.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of making a plot.
  • n. In soapmaking, the operation of forming the paste into cakes by means of heavy pressure.

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Examples

  • "Though the plotting is a bit predictable, the female characters are sharply observed and delineated, and the humorous tone will be an appealing surprise."

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  • It's funny how the conservatives are all about bringing free elections to the world, yet our nation has been instrumental in plotting against and bringing down (by any means necessary) any lawfully elected government that it deems unsuitable to our interests (and you can read into that unsuitable to American business interests.)

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  • How far might it reside in plotting another point entirely that places the three in balance as corners of an equiateral triangle, or in articulating the greater complexity of a zone that contains both by plotting a whole host of points, defining a sphere which this and that are only specks on the surface of?

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  • Operation Napoleon works well enough, though its plotting is a bit basic and it has an annoying habit of overexplaining its cardboard characters 'actions.

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  • The characters are attractive and capable, the tension and suspense are ratcheted high, and the plotting is satisfying.

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  • Menendez, of course, is the chair of the DSCC, and Schumer is the former DSCC chair -- and remains heavily involved in plotting political strategy.

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  • If I've made a mistake in plotting, if I've changed my mind, I don't go back and fix it till I'm done with the first draft.

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  • The plotting is tight and ingenious until an improbable last scene, and well-supported by details that evoke the era (including the chocolate cigarettes that Evie buys to “practice smoking”).

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  • To pick up on one of her points, one place that I think a lot of writers fall short in their plotting is to confuse words on a page with actual action on a page.

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  • Like you, many others feel plotting is the wrong way to go about attacking a new story, opting instead to let their subconscious make connections where it will.

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