Picking up where I left off with the first part of this series, I’ll be talking about how I go from a simple plot line to a fully realized novel. Again, this requires a fair bit of arts and crafts, only this time, you’ll get to see actual pictures of the process. Exciting, I know. Strap yourself in, and let’s talk about plotting.
This post builds off of the foundations of my post on narrative structure and conflict. In this post, I’m going to talk about how I follow the standard narrative structure format to generate a plot line. Please note that this is just how I go about creating a plot, and it’s not necessarily the best way to do it for you. There are a ton of resources available online that can help you create the plot for your story or novel. I’ve included a list at the end of this post for you to check out.
Now, let’s look at the convoluted, somewhat arts-and-craftsy way that I go about creating a plot.
A story that goes nowhere is pretty dull. Even simple fairy tales like The Three Little Pigs or Little Red Ridinghood move forward in a predictable, understandable way. Complex stories follow this same progression, with Shakespearean plays serving as a good example. This narrative structure is critical to understanding how and why stories work, and how to improve your own storytelling skills. This post goes into detail about narrative structure and conflict, and how the two work together to keep a reader’s attention.