How To Develop Story Plot (3 MAJOR Tips)

In this post, we have an in-depth discussion of topics surrounding how to develop story plot.

What is a Story Plot & Why is it Crucial for a Book Idea?

A plot depicts the sequence of events in a story. This course of events results from happenings in the story and/or characters.

Causation is what distinguishes a good plot. This means that all of the events and actions in a field are interconnected. It's similar to a domino game. One story event sets off another event.

Writing a plot reveals clarity as the story's main idea is formed and refined. The plot structure is like a red thread running throughout the story, a kind of plan you can rely on if something goes wrong during the writing process.

What are the components of a story plot?

A plot includes all aspects and contents of a story. If you want to write a plot, you should have rough ideas about the characters ahead of time. A plot might include the following elements:

The constellation of characters

  • Who is your main character, and who are your antagonists or antagonistic forces?
  • What are the characters' objectives? What are their fears, characteristics, thoughts, and feelings?
  • What do they resemble, and how are they related to one another?

The narrative patterns

  • What pattern should the plot adhere to?
  • Would you like to write a hero's inner journey, a drama, or a comedy?
  • Some basic narrative patterns in storytelling can be used individually.

The genre

  • The structure of book plots varies depending on the genre.
  • What genre does your story fall under?

Triggering event, suspense, and climax

  • Which scene or plot is the story's triggering event and directly piques the readers' interest?
  • Where do you want to create tension in the story?
  • What is the story's climax?

Setting, space, and time

  • When should the action take place?
  • Where are the characters acting?
  • What atmosphere do you want to create with words?

How To Develop Story Plot with Multiple Drafts

Once you've written a plot for your story, keep it in mind as you write your book.

Remember that a plot can and will change several times. For example, when I turned my book idea into a plot, I didn't realize until I was writing the individual chapters that the original idea had changed, as had the first draft of the plot.

If you notice that your story is heading in a different direction than you planned, rewrite your plot. Alternatively, you could rigidly adapt the story to your original plot. Everything is possible, but nothing is required. You have complete control over what happens to your story!

Aside from authors who like to plot all of their ideas, there are also writers who never thoroughly plot their stories ahead of time. But instead, begin writing and designing a plot in the middle, or don't write a plot at all. Everyone takes a unique approach that leads to the ultimate goal of holding a finished book in your hands that contains your idea and your own story.

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Tips for Writing & Developing Plot

Do you have an idea for a novel but don't know how to start plotting it? Not a problem! Here are three tips for writing and developing a plot:

Tip #1: Grab paper and colored pencils!

Writing a plot is easier when done visually. The simplest and quickest method is to use paper and pens. Write down your ideas for actions or scenes you want to include in the novel's story on a sheet or index card. Consider who the main and supporting characters are, what distinguishes them, and their goals. Also, write down your initial ideas and thoughts about the setting on different pieces of paper, such as the time, scope, and atmosphere.

Tip #2: Organize and build a structure

Once you've recorded all your ideas, arrange all the pieces of paper according to the order of action. What should be the first triggering event in the novel? Which scene marks the conclusion of the story? What occurs in the middle? What are the tensions and highlights? You can create an initial structure with index cards or described papers and then expand on your basic idea.

Tip #3: Reflect and delve deeper into the matter

How happy are you with the plot structure you've created thus far? Can you think of more plots, events, characters, or objectives? Write them down on separate pieces of paper.

Now, go deeper into plotting by dividing the plot into three sections: beginning, middle, and end, and deciding where you want to build tension. Where is the plot's climax, and where might turning points occur?

When writing, keep an eye on the plot you've created and make changes to it as the story progresses.

Here are resources I recommend to get more in-depth knowledge

Storytelling 101 teaches you how to write compelling stories worthy of commercial success. This is best for screenwriters, novelists, filmmakers, videogame writers and storytellers.

Children’s Books 101 teaches you how to write stories that children will love. This is best for aspiring children’s book authors and storytellers.

Owl AI is the revolutionary AI-powered content production platform that helps storytellers, writers, and bloggers of all subject matter easily create highly-polished content.

Success, Money & Mindset Subliminal is a self-hypnosis recording that we recommend to new writers to help with focus, concentration, creativity, and motivation.

Shadow Work Journal: 240 Daily Prompts contains inner work exercises related to relationships, anger, anxiety, self-love, healing trauma, abandonment issues, depression, forgiveness, etc.

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