Good-bye Confusing Subplot, Hello Book Contract

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Guest post by Margo Dill It’s something we’ve heard if we belong to a critique group or have beta readers. “I really like your story, but. . .” Fill in the blank with suggested plot changes, readers’ confusion, flat characters, boring beginnings—you name it—I’ve heard it, and you probably have, too. So, when a member ...

Chase: A Fast-Paced Plot

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My current WIP novel has a subplot of a chase, which is one of the 29 possible plot templates. Chase Plots are pretty straight forward. There's a person chasing and a person being chased, the Chaser and the Victim. It's an action plot, not a character plot (though always, character should be as strong as ...

5 Quotes to Plot Your Novel By

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I am currently slogging through plot development of a new series of novels. Here are some helpful quotes. "A plot is just one thing after another, a what and a what and a what." Margaret Atwood. It is hard to narrow down the possibilities of a story to a particular "WHAT happened next?". It is a tricky ...