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 arcs. Be aware that questions asking users to come up with plot details for you are off-topic.

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How do you prevent the readers or viewers from guessing the whole plot when you use foreshadowing?

How do you prevent the readers or viewers from guessing the whole plot when you use foreshadowing? I remember watching Monster.Inc when I was young and I was able to guess the whole plot of the movie ...
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How can we use ChatGPT to write stories? [closed]

If I have an idea for the plot of the story, what is the best way that I can use ChatGPT to make it write stories for me?
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How do you make an unhappy ending satisfying for the readers?

How do you make a "bad" ending satisfying for the readers? I want to write a story where the protagonist dies without achieving his goals, but I am not sure if it's possible to write such an ...
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What are your thoughts on this supernatural horror action novel?

What do you think of my action adventure supernatural horror story novel? This story will be about a supernatural medieval German prince who is a great warrior as a knight. As a knight, he was one of ...
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How to write a character that has a speech disorder (stuttering)?

As the title suggests, a friend and I are writing a manga-plot and there is this character that is having the speech disorder - he stutters. Writing the question directly to avoid confusion. ...
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Is Bridge Logic a terrible TV trope that should be avoided at all cost?

By Bridge Logic, I mean a bridge that shouldn't be there, but is there for the convenience of the plot. I initially thought it was a Deux Ex Machina, but after reading what it was, I realized it was ...
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Underlying microagression to poc characters?

I would say now that I don't intend to be offensive. I apologize if I come across as ignorant, for I am not speaking as an African-American but as another POC entirely. The scene is between two ...
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Is it ok if you subvert expectation by completely resetting the story beat?

Let's say that character beats follow a certain narrative like marry the girl of his dreams, then the girl of his dreams dies mid-way in the story beats series, and you do a 180 turn and start a new ...
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Is it a bad thing if there's no character development whatsoever within the first half of a novel?

Is it a bad thing if there's no character development whatsoever within the first half of a novel? In my novel, there's this character who's just living alone and doesn't really interact with anyone ...
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How do you come up with a good plot for a hermit-type main character?

I am wondering how to create a good plot for a hermit-type main character who just tries to survive and be left on his own and doesn't want to be bothered with the rest of society. Because the plot ...
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Writing about a story that will take place on Neptune - how realistic should I be?

I’m trying to write a new short story that will take place on a craft that is on Neptune (or “in”, depending on how you want to look at it since it’s an ice/gas giant.) How important is realism to ...
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... had seen those people. "I must have met..."

In your opinion, should the last two sentences be joined together by a linking word (for instance: so he whispered, 'I must have...') or should I leave them as two separate sentences? Alex looked at ...
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Handling extremely long narratives

For a video game I will make in the future, I am for now trying to write out the entire story for it. However, it ended up being an extremely long fantasy epic. For all the events, story arcs, and ...
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What Kind of Plot Do I Have?

For quite a while I worked on writing a novel. After that went poorly, I tried to plot it. This too went poorly, but now, on the second attempt, it’s going pretty well. There’s just one problem. I ...
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What questions do you ask yourself to get inspiration?

A lot of writers talk about how you can't wait for inspiration to hit, you have to just sit down and write. That's fine and all, but I can't just sit down and write without a method to attack my ...
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Are unexplained or inconsistent worldbuilding elements considered plot holes?

Are unexplained or inconsistent worldbuilding elements considered plot holes? Let's say that coal and railroads are used in a medieval fantasy world, but people are still serfs and poor. If you don't ...
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Would the plot for my short story, "Bread earner in the family," be suitable for a play?

I have a plot ready for the title "Bread earner in the family". Genre: Family emotional drama. It's a short story based on facts a non-fiction genre. Summary: How the bread earner in the ...
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Complex cardiac surgery story

I will be writing a short story with the title as "Complex cardiac surgery". Can this story written later converted to a documentary movie with the end user audience as MBBS (Medical) ...
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How to write a good coup d'état scene?

I'm writing a story with a coup d'état scene where a free nation's government is betrayed and supplanted by a new tyrannical government; and thus, I'd like to know how quality coup d'état scenes are ...
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Doubt in screenplay definitions

Can someone tell me the difference between scene, plot, story, and structure ?
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Is there a good way to subvert expectations?

In Star Wars, people were mad because of how the writers decided to subvert expectations by making Luke Skywalker behave in an unexpected way, and then there's how Chainsaw Man subverted expectation ...
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Can you make a story compelling enough for a large audience if every character is evil?

Can you make a story compelling enough for a large audience if every character is evil? I thought about this, but most popular stories have some good characters, I am wondering if it's even possible ...
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How to find the right starting point for your story?

I have my story plotted out, but as I’ve been writing, I’ve realized that my main character’s backstory is swimming with potential. I’ve been weaving it in, slowly revealing details and flashbacks ...
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Is a constantly changing world bad?

I'm making a story about a guy who travels through many worlds. There's also a world that he stays in for a larger period than others, with changing hierarchy, powers, laws, and so on. I know that ...
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Can authors retell their own stories in different ways?

This probably sounds like a stupid question, but I have an idea to take the love story subplot from my fantasy story and retell it in the real world, without any magic or fantasy in it. I love the ...
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Is there a method to determining how many books long your series needs to be?

I set out to write a trilogy, and feel my characters, world, and story are complex enough to warrant it. However, the more I dig into it, I’m sensing three books isn’t enough. But it will be a huge ...
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How "resolved" do things need to be at the end of the first book of a trilogy?

Without going into detail... I'm trying to decide when to end the first book of my trilogy. There are two options that seem natural to me, but one feels more exciting and allows me to drag the tension ...
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Should you make all information available so that your readers know everything that transpired at the end of the book?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5gVDDpviKo Should you make all information available so that your readers know everything that transpired at the end of the book? I am asking because there's this show ...
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How do I write a screenplay with three protagonists?

I'm an aspiring screenwriter. I'm in the process of writing my third script. But I'm stuck in a quandary. I don't how to effectively write a screenplay with three protagonists! The story revolves ...
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Is it a plot hole if a scene that seems to be from the future doesn't match what actually happens in the future (spoiler alert)?

Is it a plot hole if a scene that seems to be from the future doesn't match what actually happens in the future? There's this scene in the beginning of Gurren Lagan that doesn't seem to match what ...
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When a character outsmarts another character and that character explains how he did it, should you mention things that weren't shown or alluded to?

When a character outsmarts another character and that character explains how he did it, should you mention things that weren't shown or alluded to? Let's say you have character A, and character A was ...
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How to get a story flow when the progression is segmented and from multiple perspectives?

So I wish to create a story to be presented in a visual novel style in a game, but the main premise is that the player's perspective regularly changes at the end of each time loop. I have a fixed time ...
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I want to write a scenario where the main culprit is controlling someone to commit crimes

I want to write a story where the main culprit is controlling someone to commit crimes. Is there any way like medicine or psychology to control someone?
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When should you rewrite your beatsheet when making changes here and there?

When should you rewrite your beatsheet when making changes here and there? I wrote a beatsheet not too long ago, but I had to change a few things. There were some pacing issues and I had to changes ...
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Are there situations where it makes sense to tell a character's plan even if it's going to fail?

I've been given an advice by a writer. The advice is to only tell the reader a character's plan if it's going to fail I was told this is an incredibly useful advice. The rationale is that if your ...
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How do I find the right audience for my book?

I wrote a book about two years ago with almost no prior planning or outlining done before the writing. I've since matured more and figured out that the audience for my book changes from chapter to ...
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Can a visual novel with branching plotlines be translated into one single book?

For the uninitiated; Visual Novels (abbreviated as VN) are in layman terms a type of game with it's story presented in plain-text accompanied with illustrations of characters and environments, music, ...
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How can I condense the setup of my story?

I've been working on a story that follows the progression of a couple. The two were arranged to marry as young children, and meet again in their teens. I've been using quite a few time skips to ...
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How to fake a main character's death without devaluing other deaths?

I am writing a fantasy novel in which I want the main character to die right around the middle of the book, only to resurface later with unexpected powers that apparently kept her alive -- something ...
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Why would a character's parents allow them to go on a lethal quest?

In my fantasy epic, the protagonist meets a young, female thief who eventually become his partner in crime. She is part of a family business that involves theft, and she wants to go to give her family ...
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Is it weak writing to have an evil character have the motivation of getting killed by the main character?

Is it weak writing to have an evil character have the motivation of getting killed by the main character? Let's say his life goal is getting killed by the main character for the sake of getting killed ...
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How do I smartly skip necessary scenes without causing an imbalance in the story?

My character needs to go see a psychiatrist, and as I am someone who is not that knowledgeable about the way psychiatrists talk to their patients, or manipulate them to get answers, or advice them, I ...
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How can you do romantic character development without writing romantic dialogues?

How can you do romantic character development without writing romantic dialogues? I am bad at writing romantic dialogues, so I was wondering if it was possible to make so that two characters develop ...
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How can I justify a choice that seems too binary?

My universe is a fantastical universe, and the area is a Viking area. My three characters are : S, a character who was born female but raised to think they are a man to protect them from their father ...
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Should the prologue count towards the story beats?

Should the prologue count towards the story beats? These are the story beats of my story: opening image, introduction, statement of theme, catalyst, debate, b-story, new characters, midpoint, low ...
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Writing a story that's a reference or tribute to two stories, is that fairly common or rare? Are there examples?

I write stories, not movies, but often movies will inspire my writting. I came across a website that discussed the Big Lebowski and how it's a kind of play on movies like the Big Sleep, even the ...
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How can you put a lot of time-skips as soon as possible in a story?

How can you put a lot of time-skips as soon as possible in a story? Because of certain restrictions, I am forced to put a lot of time-skips at the beginning of a story, but how do you do that ...
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In a series, do the stakes have to be higher than in the book before?

Imagine you have a series of books: Book 1 through Book 6. Do the stakes in book 2 have to be bigger than the stakes in book 1? The same question applies with each book in relation to the one before ...
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What type of protagonists get happy endings?

Obviously, the decision on how to write the ending is driven by the overall plot. That said, there seems to be a pattern on which protagonists get happy endings*. I'm not able to put my finger on it,...
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Is it ever possible (or a good idea) to write a story where the "lie" a character believes about the world is true?

One big aspect authors are often advised in storytelling is to think of the "lie" or "wound" (or the "ghost") that drives their character. Specifically, this is often ...
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