The difficulties of plotting

I’d never known how hard creating a plot was until I started doing it.

My characters are nearly ready. They’re standing on the sidelines of my story, waiting patiently to be given their lines. If only I could tell them what to do!

I’m not even trying to make my plot clever or unpredictable. I just want constant action—a book without any sluggishness. Why is that so hard to achieve?

4 thoughts on “The difficulties of plotting

  1. Plot is nothing more than the footprints in the snow left after your characters have run by.
    – Ray Bradbury

    Maybe let your characters wander about instead of asking them to wait on the sidelines?

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    • I’d thought of that, but I’m hesitant to try it as I’ve recently read some poorly-plotted novels which I suspect were made that way.

      But if I keep brainstorming and stay stuck, I’ll start writing anyway just to see what ideas I can come up with. Thank you for the suggestion!

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  2. Hmm, writing a book with non-stop action doesn’t leave room for character development. Let me know how you go about plotting that. It kind of reminds me of a Michael Bay film.

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    • I don’t know what a Michael Bay film is, but I’ll assume that it’s a film with all plot and no character development. (Correct me if I’m wrong!)

      I don’t want to write a novel with no character development. I want my characters to constantly be experiencing new things and changing, and I want all of that to happen through a strong, unrelenting plot.

      My problem is that I already have the character arc, and I’m trying to work backwards from it to the plot. For example, I know what emotional stages a character will go through. But I don’t know what will trigger his changes in emotion, so I have to think of interesting events which will make him feel happy/sad/frustrated. That’s where I’m stuck!

      I suppose I’ll have to give it more time. It’s only been a week since I started plotting.

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