Continuing with our yearly review, let’s look at the blog’s most popular posts for plotting fiction.
Is plotting a challenge for you? I found plotting horrendous for years: I was convinced that I was a pantser (someone who writes by the seat of his pants)—I was someone who couldn’t plot.
Plotting fiction: you can do it
Perhaps you feel the same way. The good news: you can do it, because “plot” is a verb, as well as a noun.
These posts may help.
Plotting fiction: it’s easy when you focus on your characters
Your characters change and grow throughout your novel, and they have secrets. I like to keep my plotting simple. Once I know how my primary character changes, I know that the midpoint of the novel is crucial. At the midpoint, the character’s life changes in a major way.
Your characters have challenges. Your plot is what your characters do as they strive to meet their challenges.
In the process of doing, they change.
Yes, you can write a series, even if you hate plotting
Create a framework for your series: a world, and big conflicts
Keeping your characters together — giving them a reason for interacting — is a challenge for every author, no matter the genre.
Although it’s hard to believe, you can plot and write a series.
Ask questions, get answers
What does each of your main characters want? What does a character want that he won’t admit, not even to himself?
This sets up the major conflict of the book. You may need to change elements of the plot if you get a powerful idea.
Keep asking yourself: what if…
Ask yourself questions. You’ll get answers. Then ask more questions.
Stuck? Create an action-filled subplot
Your plot is always what your characters do.
Conflict is essential, however be wary of “misunderstandings” — ideally eliminate them from your novel.
Be wary of a subplot that could be resolved with a bit of communication between characters. Have your characters do things, which affect your main characters, and cause conflict.
In your reading, look at subplots. Effective subplots not only reveal something about your main characters, but they also involve action.
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Hillingworth is handsome, rich, and kind. He's also set to propose to an heiress.
When Tara realizes that she's falling in love with the earl, she fights the feeling.More info →
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