Developing Your Story
Part Two: The Plot of Your Story

Character Developement
Plot Development
The Setting
Checking Story

The plot of your story is probably the most important thing in writing a story.  You should have some hook that will make the reader not want to stop and will make them re-read the story over and over again.

The key to a good plot is good organization of the information, events and arrangement of materials.  If your desk is disorganized, your story will be disorganized.  I can guarantee you that much.

Know thy topic.  If you aren't familiar with a particular subject, read up on it. Research it.  If you don't have time, then you probably shouldn't be writing about it.  Write what you know.  If you don't know, then you probably shouldn't tackle something like that.

The Makings of a Plot

There are two different types of plot structures.

The Journey - this is the simplier of the two.

Your hero (main character) has a problem to solve

The Contest - Generally between two opponents There are two schematics to plot structure: In effect, the author knows everything that the characters are going to find out.  The plot will be the process of uncovering little bits of information utnil the whole picture is revealed.

Scene Construction

The opening of a scene establishes the problem. The problem is what someone is seeking a solution for.  It could be a scene in which several people are looking for the solution or several different solutions.  This desire creates forward motion.  Forward motion is what moves your story.

The bulk of the scene is the middle part:

The difference between the construction of the book and the scene construction is that the setup of the characters.  The first one or two takes takes place in previous chapters and that resolve is not just an end, it is a launching pad for a new problem.

Developing a Plot Outline

What steps should you follow when creating your plot outline.  (First rule of writing and I personally never followed until just recently is to WRITE AN OUTLINE or something very similar to it.)  Answer the following questions...

As you answer any of these questions, you will outline the plot of your story.

Story events should be chronologial order, showing a cause/effect relationship.

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