Ideas and Plot development part 2.
The plot is a sequence of events in the story or drama. It gives a story character, development, suspense, energy and emotional release. Allowing the author to develop themes and conflict.
Let’s look at the five types of plots:
Exposition – Is the beginning of the story and prepares the way for upcoming events to unfold.
Rising Action – It is that point where the main problem or conflict is revealed.
Climax – The turning point in the story, often centred around the protagonist’s most difficult or bleakest moment.
Falling Action – It is the point that occurs immediately after the climax and reveals the consequences good or bad.
Resolution – Is the part where the outcome of the event and the fate of the protagonist and antagonist are revealed.
Writing tips for developing a plot:
Make a plot outline. Brainstorm scene ideas, story points, and character information. Organise those basic ideas into an outline to get your basic plot structure down. Having an outline keeps the writer on track through the first draft.
2. Dive right into the action. Your exposition has several responsibilities. It identifies the main character, establishes the setting and themes for your story, and launches the plot. Remember to write all this in a way that hooks the reader and keeps them engaged through the entire novel.
3. Now that the scene and setting are in place, the rising action is where you can really build the plot of your story, develop characters, and propel the tension towards the climax. Add in some plot twists and raise the stakes that force your protagonist to make crucial decisions. This will send the story in a new direction, and deepen character development by revealing their strengths and flaws.
4. Create a rich narrative and subplots. A story has several plotlines running through the narrative. A subplot is a smaller side-story that introduces secondary characters, and provides backstory that informs a character's actions and motivations; supporting the themes established in the main plot.
5. Once the tension has reached its peak, it’s time for the climax to resolve the conflict. A final face-off between protagonist and antagonist should do the trick. Write an ending that ties everything up and readers will be satisfied they followed your story through to its close.