Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Plot Droop


I’ve been making good progress with this current draft, romping along at a cracking pace up until last night when I suddenly ran out of steam. I’ve used up all my plot points, character conflicts and even run out of red herrings and dead bodies.

It's official. I think I’m suffering from a severe case of plot droop.

So … what’s the solution? Luckily, I keep a box of tricks and tips for moments just like this. 

Here are a few suggestions: 
  • The appearance of a story changing character to take the plot in a different direction. 
  • Introduce a “ceremony” or an event where all the characters are in one place—plenty of opportunities for new conflicts.
  • Toss in a few gold coins i.e. don’t use up all your clues in the first half. Spread them out a little. 
  • Re-examine the core of your story. If it’s not strong enough, this is where it could collapse. 
  • Study your villain—what’s his or her Achilles heel?
  • Introduce an unexpected alliance between characters that had previously feuded.
  • Take a deeper look at the minor characters—can any of them play a bigger role?


Oddly enough, just writing this post has perked me up. Next I must tackle a very soggy middle.  Any ideas?

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