Tangled Triangles Revisited

As we mentioned earlier in the series we have can have a relationship with a romantic antagonist who is constantly trying to break up the relationship for their own gain. We may also have the romantic rival who has potential as part of this relationship, I phrase it this way because the romantic rival doesn’t […]

Why These People? Revisited

Before I begin I should say you don’t have to plan if that doesn’t work for you, I never do. You can intend to add a romance to your story or it can appear as you write, that’s fine too. In this article we’re going to look at questions we can ask before we start […]

Endings and Beginnings

I’m going to be trying something new. I’m going re-blog old articles that new followers many have missed beginning with articles on plot and structure. Beginning with The Purpose of Plot from Finding Your Voice. Monday – What’s Your Problem? For a plot we need a problem. Tuesday – Where’s Your Tools? Now we have […]

What Doesn’t Kill Me

A problem that can often arise, particularly in series fiction, is that a protagonist needs to get more ‘powerful’ to defeat the antagonist but then the next antagonist needs to be more ‘powerful’ so the protagonist gets more ‘powerful’ and on and on it goes until the protagonist is so ‘powerful’ the likelihood of them […]

Reaching Resolution

To end our story we have to have some form of resolution. We’ve already discussed the different sorts of endings and how we can anything from complete closure to an ambiguous end or a cliff-hanger but we’ve still got to bring all these pesky plot threads together. If you struggle with this don’t worry, a […]

Getting From A to Oh

No plot would be complete without stumbling blocks. If stories didn’t have ‘oh’ moments they’d be a lot shorter and less satisfying. Readers like to see the characters struggle through challenges because it amplifies the achievement of winning, though it can be tempting to make things easier for them. These stumbling blocks are either built […]

Subbing Your Story

Most stories have at least one subplot that runs alongside the main plot. Some of these run the full length of the story, some are short little side routes. For example, in the Sherlock Holmes stories the main plot  is the case and the secondary plot is Holmes and Watson’s friendship and runs concurrent to […]

What’s Your Problem?

At its most basic plot is the presentation of a problem that needs to be solved: the detective needs to catch the criminal, the lovers need to come together, the world needs to be saved. So when we’re beginning to plot a story we need to think, ‘What is the problem?’ then ‘How are we […]

Finding Flux

As mentioned in the previous article keeping the plot moving doesn’t mean we have to race at breakneck speed towards the end. A story needs ebbs and flows, too much action and drama can frustrate a reader/audience as much as too little. And it’s no good driving the plot forward if a reader has no […]