Study writers known for being especially good at it or being at the vanguard of writing style. (or...building plotlines) I'm into the new "anti-Disney" style I see more and more.
- Stories don't have to have a happy ending
- Plot holes can be left dangling
- Purposely angering or frustrating the audience works great!
ALL artists ultimately seek authentic, emotional moments. I don't care HOW my readers react, mainly that they DO.
FOR me, the modern master is David Chase. (spoiler alert). Chase spends most of season 3 of "The Sopranos" building up to final "payoff" moment. The plot and everything about it points toward Dr. Melfi giving Tony the name of her rapist. Lagging us all the way up to the final minute of the final scene.
- Tony- "There somethin' you wanna tell me?"
- [looooooonger pause].................
- Melfi "No."
- [fade to black]
- [roll credits]
Chase led us down a comfortable primrose path of revenge, protection and love. Then he pulled it away ... "no carrot" I'd never seen this style (I've seen it copied!) so I credit him w/ it.
It is also worth noting that in season 3's "Pine Barrens," Paulie & Christopher screw up a collection stop, so they try to kill the guy, bind him and drive south to bury him. "The Russian," ultimately escapes and is NEVER HEARD FROM AGAIN. That's a DEEP plot-hole to leave dangling; Tony launders all his $ through the man's best-friend.
Create feelings; any way you can. Connect with your audience on a human level, even if you intend to frustrate 'em, cause 'em anxiety, anger, who cares? it's boring writtig that evokes zilcho. The plot(s) will start to develop organically as you create.
Writers should have no need to be boxed into any plot method or structure. Prose is best when boundless.