Steps in Plotting your Story

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STEPS IN PLOTTING YOUR STORY

It is said to write well, one must read a lot. Why? Because in reading, we learn. I definitely agree… but many times it is prudent to learn another way.

Just recently, I read an article by Glen C. Strathy advising what compiles a well-planned plot. I found it a valuable and beneficial guide in assuring future stories had all the elements for a compelling story.  In a shortened version, I relay his advice on how we should apply the following “A through H” guide.

In what way does the author present the Protagonist (the main character involved in a conflict), and Antagonist (a character or group of characters who oppose the main character).

            How should authors create and execute a compelling plot?

                        A…What is the Goal of the story?

                        B…What situations will occur resulting in the difficulty obtaining the                                                      Goal?

                        C… What is done in order to achieve the Goal?

                        D… What events occur during the story to show the main character is                                                closer to the Goal?

                         E… What is the Protagonist forced to endure in order to achieve the                                                      Goal?

                        F… What reward will the main character receive or learn as the result                                                 of his/her situation?

                        G… What events must happen before the main character is in a                                                 position to receive the reward?

                        H…   This is similar to “B” in that the main character has to face a                                                 precondition that can make it difficult to achieve the Goal.

The ending is most important.  You have a progressive plot.  You have written the events that must happen in order to create an emotional impact.  There is a crisis, and now, the final resolution—the ending.  It should be a satisfying ending, so the reader feels the main character resolves his/her inner conflict.

**To read the complete Article go to www.glen-c-strathy.com.

Happy Writing!    Paula