Quite simply, plot is what happens in a story. Plots can be fast-paced, easy-going, twisty, predictable, dynamic, confusing, sagging-in-the-middle, or any combination thereof. These articles will help you have an original plot that pulls the reader along:
Fiction Requires Conflict Tension and conflict are necessary for a riveting plot. A character’s deep desires require obstacles to overcome before the story is resolved.
How to Write an Original Plot Editors look for fresh, original stories. Brainstorming ideas will help develop interesting plot twists and avoid copying other novels or short stories.
Storyboards Help Track Plots and Subplots Use storyboards and scene summaries to keep plots and subplots straight, and give you a whole-story view of your novel. Go further and track character growth and pacing.
Using Plot Twist Generators When Writing a Novel Can a computer-generated plot twist program add some fresh conflict and pizzazz to your writer’s-blocked story? Yes, if used with some common sense.
How to Plot and Write a Novel For writers who like to plan their stories, and therefore not need as many major revisions, the Snowflake Method is a great step-by-step way to write a novel.
Plot, Theme, Character, Voice Four essential elements of fiction – plot, theme, characterization and voice – are discussed by editor Arthur A. Levine.
Description, Dialogue, Narrative An easy way to determine if your novel or short story is balanced between dialogue, description and narrative, plus some tips on corrections if you need them.