Questions tagged [plot]

Plot typically refers to the events and their ordering in a work of narrative fiction. Use this tag for questions regarding plotting, outlining, and narrative arc.

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How can I make the story less predictable?

I'm working on my first novel. As I was going through the initial chapters, I felt that the story is quite simple and predictable (in the initial chapters) and picks up after 14 chapters are over. The ...
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Characters feelings; Using them for pacing/tension

I'm writing a novel and in the opening chapter, one of the main characters finds herself traveling by foot through a very severe sandstorm. I used the character's feelings of choking/suffocating to ...
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Giving journeys a sense of scale

Journeying is a central part of my novel. However, it gets really boring really quickly to describe them walking through the same landscape for a few weeks. I want to skip to the parts that are ...
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How To Make A Subtle Plot Exciting To Read + Strong

I have been trying to write a good plot that's strong for my first novel. However, I have a feeling my plot isn't strong enough. As I began writing, I figured out that a lot of things were just ...
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Where to go next in the writing process?

I'm a new writer, have been working on a novel length piece of work for the past couple of years, and I have always been the kind of person to just "wing it" and see what happens. After ...
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What is the best way to plan a series?

I am a young author writing a fantasy series. When I first started writing, I had nothing more then a sentence of an idea, but I went along with it and just wrote what came into my head. I never ...
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Is this beginning good for A STORY [closed]

David Gemstone dives his head in a bucket full of water. "Bang" he hears a sound outside. He pulls out his revolver and walks out of the bathroom. "Who is it?" he asked with a ...
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What really is considered as plagiarism?

I am currently writing a novel which I noticed is based on ideas from many books that I have read. I noticed that what did I do is get an idea from a book, get another ideas from (many) other books, ...
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How do you 'keep writing whatever happens'?

I've heard the same thing from almost every writer whenever I ask a question or read an answer, and that thing is : "Just keep writing. It doesn't matter what it will be, because you can edit it ...
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How to switch between characters in a first person story?

I know you can switch between the 3rd and 1st and vice versa but how from one character to another both using the 1st person. I know chapter breaks would help but I only want to make a small story (1....
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How to progress a fantasy novel that is also slice of life?

I am currently writing a novel where I mix the genre fantasy, sci-fi, and slice of life. My plan is to make the main character to save the sci-fi city using fantasy. And beyond that, I also use slice ...
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Is having major anxiety before writing a huge battle a thing?

I am a young author writing a fantasy series and I am at the halfway point in my first book. I am so excited and absolutely terrified to write at the same time. Is that a regular thing? The scene I am ...
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Is it okay to kill a main character?

I am a young author writing a fantasy series. I started this book with a light bulb idea late one night while reading Peter Pan. I didn’t know anything about writing, but I ADORE reading, so I pulled ...
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What are some tips to keep on track of your plot

I am a new writer writing a fantasy series, and earlier today I found myself thinking “Yay! I’m almost done with the main plot of my first book!” Then I realized I was nowhere near done with the ...
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Is using the layout of anothers published work in danger of plagiarisim if nothing else is the same?

I started writing a book that uses the ‘layout’ or ‘style’ of another very popular book. I started it as a joke, but then fell in love with the characters and the idea. There is nothing the same in my ...
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Is it okay to use “It was all just a virtual world / dream” for a plot twist?

I am currently writing a novel where I use "It was all just a dream" (IWAJAD) plot twist, just because the main character needs it to change his personality and train his power to save the ...
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protagonist knows things which the reader doesn't know/story starts in the middle. How do I tell them?

when I say "reader", in the context of my particular scenario, I actually mean the "player" as this story is for a videogame. I start the game off with the player/main character (...
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Can there be too many obstacles in a character’s path?

My current WIP involves a deliberate miscarriage of justice. I started out with three main characters: J - a young girl who is effected by both the crime committed and the injustice delivered D - a ...
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How much can you reuse ideas from other stories?

So there was a novel that had some cool ideas and I really liked, but also there were many parts that made me annoyed mostly due to the genre, plot holes and inconsistencies and how they were done or ...
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Should my main character make a ginormous mistake?

I'm rereading my draft, and there is a part in the book where when the main character is helping others escape prison, she accidentally reveals herself to the prison guards who chase her down and kill ...
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Is it okay not to write something you feel you don't want to write?

Okay, the title is dumb, but let me elaborate. When it comes to scenes in books or movies, show me a character's family, or part of their family getting killed and you've successfully immobilized me. ...
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What is the best way to structure my series?

I am working on an urban fantasy series. The series is currently divided into a number of episodic chapters that follow a "monster of the week" format. Each one is projected to be about 30-...
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How can I handle a powerful mentor character without killing them off?

I'm writing a book series that involves people with various superpowers. One of these characters and is more or less the mentor of the protagonists. This character is the leader of the "good guy&...
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Will a copyeditor refine both dialogue and plot?

I am a big-picture kinda guy. I have ideas and I love details, but I hate to get stuck up in the microscopic level grunt work - managing accents, tones and environment details that are not so central ...
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Need a driving circumstance to drive mc into new world [closed]

I’m struggling to find a driving circumstance for my character to want to enter train and get better in my fictional world. I have tried letting the antagonist try to kill him to drive him there but ...
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Should I save some plot for the sequel of my novel or make the first book (too) long but complete?

I wrote a sci-fi novel. It's around 120k words long with a neat 'ending' that wraps up the main plot. The story is not complete: Although the main goal has been accomplished, a lot of smaller issues ...
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I love the world and characters I've created for my story, but I dislike the plot. How can I proceed?

I've spent several years periodically writing and developing a high fantasy story I mean to turn into a book, or even a series depending on how much material I write. However, lately, I've realized I ...
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Inhibitions when writing personal experiences

I write for myself and have no intention of publishing anything. However, I still become uncomfortable writing about events in my life because I think about how people who are involved or who know me ...
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How to stick to your vision when you’re highly suggestible?

As a person, I'm a bit of a people-pleaser. I tend to bend over backward to avoid conflict and make people happy. I've reached the point in my writing process where I've started to send out drafts of ...
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Changing Genres in the Middle of a Story

Let's say the story was introduced as a romance, then somewhere in the middle it becomes a horror/thriller, would you immediately think it's bad? Would you feel like "This is not what I came here ...
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How to introduce a previously hidden faction without creating plot holes?

I've been planing out a sequel series to my trilogy, which has a secret society called Nukui-Paub spearheaded by the sequel trilogy's primary antagonist Ma'dtuth, who draws inspiration from Vandal ...
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How to make a weak character fight in major battle [closed]

My character is about to fight someone that really strong but he believes that he is still weak. So how can i force him to fight. (For plus note: i make a fantasy story like magic and stuff)
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Has the idea for my story already been taken?

I want to write a story about a place called Kingdom Come, where you can come in but you cannot go (i.e. you are not allowed to leave). Has this idea already been taken? It really sounds like the sort ...
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TW: child abuse, Is it ethical for me to write a book centered on child abuse despite not experiencing it? [duplicate]

It's my first attempt at trying to write a long length story of my own and so far what I've come up is a story that is to be centered around child abuse (sexual abuse) (the psychological and emotional ...
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Is it acceptable to have a subplot run out of sync with the main plot by a few days?

Is it acceptable to have a subplot run out of sync in front of the main plot by a couple of days and hide that fact from the reader until near the end, where it then becomes synced with the main plot? ...
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What could the Antagonistic Force be in a Crime Mystery? [closed]

What could the Antagonistic Force be in a Crime Mystery/Police Procedural, where the culprit/murderer doesn't get revealed until nearer the end of the book? My instinct keeps saying that the murderer ...
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Do I kill my main character? [closed]

One of the main themes of my book is death and sacrifice. There's a lot of necromancy, ghosts, etc. The main character has already been brought back to life once before without her consent, which was ...
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Which plot should I use while outlining my plot beats?

I'm writing a crime/mystery fiction novel. The main plot involves a murder at the start, a case that my protagonist, a police detective, has to solve. He faces conflict and difficulties along the way,...
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Is my work urban fantasy or paranormal romance?

I have been writing a story that for a long time I considered to be an urban fantasy, with supernatural elements in a recognizably modern setting. However, while I thought I was writing a rather ...
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Is it possible for a police officer to house a child in questioning? [closed]

For my story, I have a character who is a police officer. In this story, a child is a key to solving the identity of a crime lord after witnessing one of their crimes. The child is in questioning, but ...
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How would I escape a paradox if vampire goes back in time to create the first one? [closed]

My story is set a few hundred thousand years after the first vampire was made. No new vampire knows how they started, only they were turned by a vampire. Those old vampires would get killed off (...
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How to keep yourself from writing the same story?

I've been planning out the same story and revising it over and over since I was a child (that makes it 10 years now) and finally after so long I'm happy enough with it to consider finally writing the ...
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How do I deliver a historical plot reveal?

Right before the climax of my scifi fantasy novel, there's a big reveal about who the bad guys really are and how they influenced the magic system -- throughout history. This reveal will be the much ...
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How do I make my plot more interesting?

This is gonna be long before I ask the question itself. Here is a quick overview of my plot: In the fictional world named Slavaz, there is a great danger appearing, and God Creator of Slavaz appears ...
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How to correctly set up plot promises?

The premises are the following: 1) First person POV (but advice for third person works too) 2) Protagonist-driven plot 3) Some backstory that hasn't been explored yet (and which ties into the MC ...
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Fault in writers logic and how avoid?

So yeah I have seen a situation where what the writer has put makes sense, but after thinking it through there are clear faults in the logic they used. Here's my example A small team is advancing ...
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How can I introduce my antagonist's misdeeds and master plan to my protagonists?

I'm writing a story where the antagonist is motivated by lust, and has successfully engaged in predatory behavior, the antagonist is attempting to become a powerful mage in order to solidify his ...
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If I write a story that incorporates a scientific theory, does the theory have to be cited?

For example, if I've written a character that is supposed to be smart and uses a scientific theory as the basis for doing something interesting; does that theory have to be cited in the story. I don't ...
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How can I steer myself away from using pronouns too often as I write in 3rd person?

I noticed that I use "she", "he", and "they"- and a lot of sentences also begin with the aforementioned pronouns. How can I steer away from doing this so often as I write in 3rd person fiction? HERE ...
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Is it bad for the narrative to lie?

What I want to know is if it is bad for the narrative to lie to the reader. I get that using it in first person can be a good use for misdirection and such, but it does that by making the character ...

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