Category Archives: Plot

Introducing Your Characters in Act 1

Some stories introduce characters as people and then let the reader/audience discover their roles and relationships afterward. This tends to help an audience identify with the characters. Other stories put roles first, so that we know about the person by … 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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How to Reveal 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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Characters’ Personal Goals

Write Your Novel Step by Step Go to Table of Contents Step 41 Characters’ Personal Goals Personal Goals are the motivating reasons your characters care about and/or participate in the effort to achieve or prevent the overall goal.  In other … Continue reading

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