Great story ideas can start anywhere. Some writers start out with a general concept that needs to be defined. Others are inspired by ideas for beginnings or endings to the novels they want to pursue. But even the best ideas can’t make a successful book without a well-developed plotline. When creating a story from beginning to end, keep the following plot development steps in mind:
- Identify the conflict. At least two characters must have opposing goals and only one of them can win. Knowing this from the beginning will help ensure the story doesn’t go off on unrelated tangents.
- Begin with a crisis. Your book should relate a specific struggle the main character is going through. Without this, the main character has no motivation to continue through to the resolution. This crisis will also help define the character’s goal for the book.
- Build the story. Once a story goal has been created for the character, they must fight to achieve it and thus, hold the reader’s attention. They should face an increasing number of obstacles with mounting difficulty as the story progresses.
- Orchestrate the climax. The climax of a story is the turning point where the main character’s struggle is finally resolved. Here, they face their greatest obstacle. The reader must be brought to wonder whether they’ll succeed in their goal or not.
- Wrap things up. The resolution portion of plot development can be the most important part of a book. The reader should leave your story with no unanswered questions, which means all loose ends should be tied up and plot points resolved.
Don’t forget to include important details throughout your story that will make your character’s resolution realistic. Tools used by characters on either side of the conflict must be mentioned before the climax; otherwise the resolution will seem too orchestrated.
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