Sunday, June 14, 2009

Selecting a Plot

Selecting a plot is easier than you think. Here are some tips to help you through that process:

What is your Throughline? Don't know what a Throughline is? Simply stated, it is the main direction of the story.

Ask yourself these questions:
1. What genre will you use? You can have mixed genres.
2. Does your main character succeed or fail or just give up?
3. Is your plot Conflict Driven?
4. If so, what type of conflict? (personal/internal, social, etc)
5. Will the story line climax and resolve or will it roller-coaster up and down several times?
6. What situations will you place your characters in? There are many.
7. Now that you know in concept what you will write about, how much research must you do?

Each of these items are explained in greater detail in Victoria Lynn Schmidts's book "Story Structure Architect." I highly recommend it for those just venturing out.