What do you do when ideas come so fast they gum up the works, and the engine of your creativity grinds to a halt?
Write Your Novel Step By Step – Introduction to Plot
Follow this series of story development steps drawn from our StoryWeaver Step By Step writing software to build your novel one dramatic concept at a time.
Introduction to Plot
In the Plot section of this Inspiration stage we’re going to draw some story threads from your initial concept.
To do this, you’ll begin by writing a one-sentence description of what your story is about, called a Log Line.
Next, you’ll pull some loose threads from your log line by asking questions about what’s not in it.
Then you’ll let your Muse run free and come up with a variety of answers for these questions, each of which will become a new story thread.
Whether you already have a lot of concepts or not many (or any) at all, by the end of Plot Inspiration you’ll have developed a detailed one-page synopsis of your story’s plot.
A Word About Plot
For the purposes of this section, let’s define plot as a description of all the events that happen in your story and the order in which they occur. This isn’t necessarily the order in which you reveal the events to your readers or audience, however. For example, you might start your story with a teaser in which some major event occurs. Then, you jump back to how it all started with a heading such as, “Three years earlier…” In this example, the plot order is quite different from the storytelling order.
For the steps in this section, develop your story’s plot as your characters experience it, not in the order you will relate it. That will come later in the Storytelling Stage.
Reminders: Use the Notes button on any card to jot down new ideas. Use the Story button to add to or revise a draft of your story. And don’t forget to click the Save button before leaving a story card or closing a window where you entered text.
Next step: What’s the Big Idea?
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