Category Archives: Plot

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

Posted in Plot, Story Development, Write Your Novel Step by Step, Writing Tip of the Day | Comments Off on Does your plot end in Success or Failure?

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

Posted in Plot Points, Story Development, Story Points, Write Your Novel Step by Step, Writing Tip of the Day | Comments Off on Story Consequences

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

Posted in Plot Points, Story Development, Story Points, Write Your Novel Step by Step, Writing Tip of the Day | Comments Off on Plot Requirements

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

Posted in Character Motivations, Plot, Write Your Novel Step by Step | Comments Off on Characters’ Personal Goals

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

Posted in Plot Points, Story Development, Write Your Novel Step by Step | Comments Off on Developing Your Story’s Goal

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

Posted in Creative Writing, Plot, Storytelling, The Master Storyteller | Comments Off on Designing Your Plot – Multi Appreciation Moments

Static vs. Progressive Plot Points (video)

Watch on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MqYY4DawMs

Posted in Concepts, Featured Videos, Plot Points, Video | Comments Off on Static vs. Progressive Plot Points (video)

Introduction to Plot

Posted in Concepts, Plot, Video | Comments Off on Introduction to Plot

Love Interests and the Dramatic Triangle

A lot of books about writing describe the importance of a “Love Interest.” Other books see a Love Interest as unnecessary and cliché. What does Dramatica Say? As with most dramatic concepts, Dramatica pulls away the storytelling to take a … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Plot, Practical Tips, Story Development | Comments Off on Love Interests and the Dramatic Triangle

The 28 Magic Scenes – Part Three

Posted in Scenes | Comments Off on The 28 Magic Scenes – Part Three