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What is a plot?
The dictionary definition of the word plot relating to a story is:
The plan or main story of a literary work. [Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary]
So the plot then, is the planned storyline.
Some writers fly by the seat of their pants, not knowing where they are going or how they will get there, whereas, other writers would never dream of writing a story or a novel without some initial planning.
If you were about to take a journey to a strange place, wouldnt you think it would be wise to plan how you would get there, rather than leaving things to chance? Here, I'm going to share my secrets with you of how to develop a kick-ass plot!
Dos and Donts of plotting a novel:
* Do think about your characters. Aim to find out as much as you can about them beforehand. Character drives plot.
* Dont rush in without any forward planning, that is a sure fire way to give up at the first hurdle!
* Do ensure that you know and fully understand your characters motivations.
* Dont rely on coincidences; you will be cheating the reader!
* Do ask yourself, what is the theme of my story/novel? By understanding what the theme is, you are more likely to understand the motivation of your characters.
* Dont write any next step scenes that do not advance the storyline, end in a hook to the next scene, do not move the characters closer to their goals, do not contain reasonable motivation or deepen characterization.
* Do think about creating character charts, back stories for main characters, a story board with pictures of your characters and settings.
Ask yourself the following questions:
1.What do I want my novel to say? [Theme]
2.Which character is best able to say what needs to be said? [Characterization]
3. How can this message be conveyed to the reader? [Storyline]
4. Where is the action going to take place? [Setting]
Heres an example:
The theme of my story could be about Loss. The character best to tell this story is the heroine who has lost both her parents in a car accident. The message can be conveyed to the reader via her dialogue and internal thoughts. She fears loss so much that she is unable to get close to the hero.
You will be able to build on this by asking yourself the following:
Who? Why? What? Where? When? How?
Who Hero: Blake Carter, Heroine: Stephanie Dale
Why They meet through work, he is the pilot, and she is an air hostess.
What There is conflict between them when she finds out he is the man who humiliated her at a recent staff meeting.
Where The action takes place on board the airplane and in Britain and Australia.
When The time span is during the summer through to Christmas.
How Although there is conflict, somehow they are drawn to one another.
Think of your romance plotline as the heros and heroines journey. The Heros Journey has been used in storytelling for hundreds of years. Both characters need to get from A to B. Place a few obstacles in their path for them to overcome during their journey. Make it an adventure. Then, just when all seems lost [the black moment], there needs to be a sacrifice made by the person who has the most to lose. Finally, they are triumphant, a victory is won.
Think about your plot. What are the bare bones of your story? Think about the paragraph above how can you send your hero and heroine on a journey together?
Word count should be somewhere between 500 and 1000 words.
N.B: This will be a
synopsis or summary of your story written in the present
*Excerpt from Crafting
the Romance Story
About the Author: Lynette Rees lives in South Wales and has had many articles and stories published both online and in print publications. 2007 sees the publication of three of Lynette's romance novels: IT HAPPENED ONE SUMMER and RETURN TO WINTER at The Wild Rose Press and A TASTE OF HONEY at Samhain Publishing in April.
Lynette's e-book Crafting the Romance Story is an interactive workbook for aspiring romance writers. As well as containing useful information and links it also contains character and plot worksheets. You can visit Lynette's site here
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