Ok, carrying on from last week’s Blog. We are going to be exploring lots of different questions that you may have as a writer to help you on your quest to completing your next big seller. Here at Danu books, we want to be the source of knowledge that will help you get to the next level. This week we are going to look at How to develop your PLOT?
Developing a plot is a crucial aspect of crafting a compelling story. Here are some steps to help you develop your plot effectively:
Define your story's central conflict: Every plot revolves around a central conflict or problem that the main character(s) must face and overcome. Clearly identify what this conflict is and why it matters. Is it a physical obstacle, an emotional struggle, a moral dilemma, or a combination of factors? Understanding the core conflict will serve as a foundation for building your plot.
Establish goals and motivations: Determine what the main character wants to achieve or the goal they are striving for throughout the story. This goal should be closely tied to the central conflict. Additionally, explore the motivations behind their desires. What drives the character to pursue this goal? What is at stake for them personally? Motivations add depth and make the character's journey more engaging.
Create obstacles and challenges: To make your plot interesting, the main character should face various obstacles and challenges that hinder their progress toward their goal. These obstacles can be external (e.g., physical barriers, antagonists, or time constraints) or internal (e.g., self-doubt, internal conflicts, or emotional struggles). Introduce these challenges strategically to create tension and propel the plot forward.
Plan key plot points: Plot points are major events or turning points in your story that significantly impact the characters and the overall narrative. They often occur at the end of acts or story sections and drive the story in new directions. Some essential plot points include the inciting incident (the event that sets the story in motion), the midpoint twist, major setbacks, and the climax. Outline these key plot points to give your story structure and direction.
Develop subplots: Subplots are secondary storylines that run parallel to the main plot and add depth and complexity to your story. They can involve supporting characters or explore different themes. Subplots can enhance the main plot by providing additional challenges, character development opportunities, or contrasting perspectives. Ensure that subplots are interconnected and serve a purpose in relation to the central conflict.
Incorporate rising tension and suspense: As your story progresses, intensify the conflicts and raise the stakes. Create a sense of rising tension and suspense by introducing new challenges, increasing the risks, or uncovering unexpected twists. This keeps readers engaged and eager to discover how the story unfolds.
Consider character arcs: Plot development should align with character development. Ensure that your main character(s) undergo personal growth, transformation, or change throughout the story. They should learn from their experiences, overcome their flaws, or make important choices that contribute to the resolution of the central conflict. Mapping out character arcs helps to create a satisfying and well-rounded plot.
Maintain a logical and cohesive narrative: As you develop your plot, ensure that the story flows logically and cohesively. Events and decisions should have believable cause-and-effect relationships. Avoid plot holes or inconsistencies that may confuse readers. Connect the dots between different plot elements, subplots, and character actions to maintain a smooth and engaging narrative.
Remember, plotting is a dynamic process, and your story may evolve as you write. Be open to making adjustments and revisions to ensure that your plot remains strong and engaging. Happy plotting!
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