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Plot

 

109 Plot Ideas for Fiction Writers

109 very clever ideas that will enable you to create brilliant plots faster, easier, and more effectively than ever before.

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Create plots your readers will never forget. No more meandering storylines with banal endings; your stories will be tight and thrilling and keep your readers gripped to the last page.

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  • Advanced sub-plotting
  • How to make your endings unguessable
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Excerpt: Excitement rating

I like to give each scene an excitement rating on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 is a calm scene, perhaps filling in some background details, while 10 is all guns blazing at the climax. I also like to plot each scene on a chart, with the scene number along the bottom and excitement rating up the side. I then have a chart that shows where the exciting and less exciting parts of my story are. There obviously needs to be some calmer scenes between
the very exciting ones, to give the readers a rest. But several calm scenes together will be dull and might send them to sleep. The chart lets me spot this problem very easily, and I can then juggle the scenes around to get the right balance.

At the end of the story it's usual to have several very exciting scenes together, and you should see a gradual rise, say from 7 to 10 on the excitement scale as the story reaches its climax. You might then finish with a calmer scene as you wrap up all the loose ends.

The start of the story should also have a fairly high excitement rating to get your readers hooked and drag them into the story. It won't be quite as exciting as the climax, but it needs to be much higher than a calm background scene. I'd say a 7 or 8 on our excitement scale would be about right, but it depends on the story. Some stories require and intriguing beginning rather than an exciting one. If your story is more about intrigue
than excitement, you might like to consider using your chart to plot the intrigue rating for each scene as well.

A good way to draw the chart is to use a spreadsheet on your computer - most of them will draw the chart for you automatically, and update it if you make any changes. Just enter the scene numbers and excitement ratings in two columns, highlight them using your mouse, and click the Chart button on the toolbar. If you don't have a spreadsheet you can download the free OpenOffice.org office suite; the spreadsheet that comes with that will do the job nicely.

Rather than numbering the scenes, you could use very short key words instead, so you can easily tell which scene it is. Use some sort of code that will mean something to you, such as CRA for car crash, or ROB for bank robbery.

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