Prep-tober Week Four: Plots, Subplots, and Outlines

Prep-tober Week Four: Plots, Subplots, and Outlines

Plot is when a character pursues a goal, conflict arises, and a resolution is reached. It is your novel's main goal and what your character ultimately wants to achieve. I want to preface this post by saying I already have a blog post that you can find here, where I discuss the most common and easiest plot structure: The Three Act Structure.  I also discuss the 27 Chapter Plot Structure I use here. However, I want to reiterate that there’s no right way to write. What works for one person, may not work for another. The point is to use what works best, and don’t be scared to adapt as you go along.

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Plot Structure Made Easy

Plot Structure Made Easy

I just want to start off by saying that there are numerous ways to outline your novel. The technique listed below is the most common and easiest, and I encourage you to try it out. If you find that it’s doing more harm than good, push it away and try something else. A quick search on the Internet for “plot structures” will bring up numerous examples to try. If there’s anything I’ve learned over the years, it’s that there’s no right way to write. What works for one person, may not work for another. The point is to use what works best, and don’t be scared to adapt as you go along.

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