Category Archives: Plot Points

What Chases Your Characters?

A goal is what the characters chase, but what chases the characters?  Answer: the Consequences.  Consequences double the dramatic tension in a story by providing a negative result if the goal is not achieved. Consequences may be emotional or logistic, but … Continue reading

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Be Clear About the Requirements for your Story Goal

The achievement or failure to achieve the goal is an important but short moment at the end of the story. So how is interest maintained over the course of the story? By the progress of the quest toward the goal. … Continue reading

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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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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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Static vs. Progressive Plot Points (video)

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Using Forewarnings

Whether or not the characters are aware of them, the audience will need to see forewarnings that indicate the approach of the Consequences. Forewarnings describe the kind of items that can be used to indicate approaching Failure. One way to … Continue reading

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A Story’s Limit: Timelock or Option Lock?

Dramatica : Now, I’ll jump ahead for a moment and look at a couple of plot questions…. First of all, is your story forced to a conclusion because your characters run out of time, or run out of options? This … Continue reading

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Success or Failure?

A story without a clear indication of success or failure is a failure with your readers or audience. You need to work out exactly how the audience will know the goal is achieved or not. This might seem obvious in … Continue reading

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