Category Archives: Plot

The Structure of “Collective Goals”

Some novice writers become so wrapped up in interesting events and bits of action that they forget to have a central unifying goal that gives purpose to all the other events that take place. This creates a plot without a … Continue reading

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Revealing Your Story’s Personality

Your story’s genre is its overall personality. As with the people that you meet, first impressions are very important. In act one, you introduce your story to your reader/audience. The selection of elements you choose to initially employ will set … Continue reading

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Revealing Your Goal

While the structural nature of a story’s goal is crucial to developing a plot that makes sense, the storytelling manner in which the goal is revealed can determine whether a plot seems clever or pedestrian. In this tip, we’ll explore … Continue reading

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Does your plot end in Success or Failure?

Write Your Novel Step by Step Go to Table of Contents Step 44 Success or Failure? A story without a clear indication of success or failure is a failure of a story. You need to work out exactly how your … Continue reading

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Story Consequences

Write Your Novel Step by Step Go to Table of Contents Step 43 Story Consequences A goal is what the characters chase, but what chases the characters?  The consequence doubles the dramatic tension in a story by providing a negative … Continue reading

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Plot Requirements

Write Your Novel Step by Step Go to Table of Contents Step 42 Plot Requirements The success or failure in achieving the goal is an important but short moment at the end of the story. So how is interest maintained … Continue reading

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Developing Your Story’s Goal

Write Your Novel Step by Step Go to Table of Contents Step 40 Developing Your Story’s Goal Some novice writers become so wrapped up in interesting events and bits of action that they forget to have a central unifying goal … Continue reading

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Designing Your Plot – Multi Appreciation Moments

The great masters of plot create dramatic moments that multi-task. For example, a novice writer might reveal the story’s goal in a line of dialog, but a master storyteller might reveal it in such a way as to also add … Continue reading

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