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The Plot Thickens
It's important to bear in mind that none of the advice
below will be useful to you unless you know your main
characters well. This is because most good plotting is
about the decisions your characters make when confronted
with specific situations.
For instance, if you're half way through plotting a novel
and you need to know how Janus would react to the death
of his sister, if you don't know Janus very well, you
might set your novel off in a completely unbelievable
Readers won't necessarily know what happened but will
'get' on a subconscious level that Janus did something
out of character. This is not good because, to you also,
you will be writing a novel you don't believe in anymore.
It won't feel right - one of the main reasons why authors
stop writing their novels.
There are many reasons why authors don't finish novels
but in my experience you can usually trace back problems
to initial characterization - if it's not strong, the
story won't work.
Also bear in mind that I believe it's important to plot
your novel first - before you start writing. It might be
only in the vaguest of ways but, and here's the kicker,
you MUST know the ending before you start.
Again, from my experience of working with authors and
writers for many years, most books fail to get finished
because the writer hadn't decided how the story would
Now, I know some of you will howl. Many writers say they
don't plot - they let the action unfold for them as they
write. Stephen King has famously said that the Dark Tower
series just comes to him and he writes it without knowing
the ending. But this is deceptive - Stephen King DOES
know the ending, in his subconscious mind, in the sense
that his characters will always behave in certain ways.
The authors that say they don't plot - and finish their
novels - have an advantage. They have a value system that
will dictate the correct ending. As a first time novelist
you can't afford to assume you can rely on this facility
- it's something that comes with age and experience.
Writing without plotting requires a maturity that is
beyond most of us.
There is one very easy way to plot any story and it
relies on the law of cause and effect.
Take your main character and place him/her in a
situation. Bear in mind he/she has a an agenda. Now, have
something happen to them. How do they react? What
decisions do they make. Depending on your answer, this is
Plot Point One.
Next, based on the actions your main character made,
where did your story go? Resolution? Or some little way
toward resolution? Whatever. The next part of the story
should be dependent upon and caused by the previous plot
Keep doing this while plotting and your whole story will
make sense, even if you go off at tangents and tell all
kinds of interweaving stories. As long as you know the
ending - or at least have some idea of a resolution that
your story will dictate, you can do what you like - take
your story wherever seems to make sense at the time.
this is a golden rule about plotting:
This Happens Because This Happens Because This Happens
Plots don't make sense unless they are logical and
coherent to the reader. They also won't work to you
unless they make sense. It's important when plotting to
make sure that no events happen without proper cause -
and that your characters don't behave inappropriately.
Copyright Rob Parnell
This article is condensed from The Easy Way to Write
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