Yesterday’s master class “Thinking in Scenes: Projecting Your Fiction on Your Reader’s Mental Movie Screen” at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference was taught by Angie Hodapp. It was substantive and terrific. I may have been the only “literary” writer in the group; most others were sci-fi or fantasy writers. But boy did I learn (or relearn) some helpful tips. I’m someone who in the past has occasionally been guilty of getting as caught up in the intricacies of language as the intricacies of plot. My natural bent is to finesse the words in the sentences and hope that the plot will take care of itself. In fact, one reason I chose Baby Doe Tabor as the subject of my first novel is because I figured that her fascinating life story provided its own plot. Wrong.