How to Create a Story PlotCreating a Story Plot
Easily create a plot outline in 8 simple footsteps
In less than an hours, how would you like to create a storyline for your novel that sounds emotional and dramatic? It' s a mystery to integrate the 8 basic plot elements. Based on your story ideas, you only need to make eight decisions to make sure that the plot of your upcoming novel makes sense.
I will describe each of the eight items in turn. While reading the remainder of this page, write down your own thoughts on how each item in your story could work. In the end, I'll show you how to use your selection to create a short, round storyline for your novel.
Conversely, if you already have a novel design you want to rework, ask yourself if you have incorporated it into your story as we go through these items. Build a storyline for your novel the way proposed below. Possibly you can significantly enhance your novel action by including all previously ignored plot strands.
Let us say, for example, that we want to make a story about a 38-year-old manager who has always postponed having a happy wife and daughter for the sake of their careers and now feels alone and regrets her decisions. If that' s the case, we could decide to do the story goal so she can find real loves before it's too late. After all, the story goal is too high.
We have many ways to engage other players in this game. We could give our heroine.... a mom who wants her to be happy. an elder, lone maiden of an actress who doesn't want the main character to make the same mistakes as her. And we could even put the business in which the main character works at risk of failure because it does not recognise the importance of the game.
So after we have selected a story aim, we will create a globe around our main character that offers many different prospects for the issue and makes the aim important to everyone in the game. Therefore, the choice of Story Score is the most important first stage in creating a plot outlines.
So if you haven't picked a target for your novel, do it now. Then, select a destination on which to plot outlines should be based. These are the answers to these issues as a consequence of history. As a consequence, the adverse scenario or incident occurs when the target is not attained.
Preventing the consequences of the story warrants the efforts of both the character in your novel and the readers in pursuit of the story, and that makes it an important part of your plot. Combining aim and consistency generates the greatest drama in your action. It is a candy-ass and a whip neck that makes the plot significant.
Sometimes the protagonists can begin by choosing to solve a dilemma or follow a target. Later on, this objective becomes more important when he realizes that a horrible consequences will come if it is not. In other cases, the character can be endangered by a horrible incident, which encourages him to find a way to avert it.
Melanie Anne Phillips points out that in some cases the result seems to be when the story begins. Maybe the wicked depot is already on the enthrone and the goal of the story is to remove him. The result in this case is that if the main character failes, things remain as they are.
We have already found a possible conclusion in our novel about the woman leader - that she could end up like her mistress. But we could aggravate the consequences (perhaps the woman will die of hunger because she is weak and has no immediate relatives to take care of her).
Alternatively, we could make another consequence. Make a listing of the possible consequences you may have in your property survey. Then, select one as a contrast to your selected Story Score. Your third action item, Requirements, outlines what needs to be achieved in order to reach the objective.
Since the demands are fulfilled in the course of the novel, the readers will sense that the character is getting there. Demands create an exciting expectation in the readers, because he is looking forward to the protagonists succeed. So what might be the demands in our executives story?
Best if the aim is for our hero to find True love, maybe she needs to join a singly association or dating facility so she can encounter individual men. Wonder what events need to occur to achieve the objective in your novel. For now, to keep things easy, simply select a request you want to add to your property outlines.
Prewarnings are the equivalent of the demands. As the demands show that history is moving forward towards its goals, premonitions are incidents that show that the consequences are approaching. Prewarnings make the readers fear that the episode will happen before the main character can be successful. The main character has a lot of data that make it look like she'll never find the right man The main character met a girl in a single person who told her that at her old age all of the good men are already wed. One of the protagonist's boyfriends is going through a shoddy separation, which shows that it' s not the kind of luck she's supposed to be.
As the story Goal and Consequences create tragic tensions, Requirements and Forest Warnings lead the readers through an emotive rollercoaster oscillating between hopes and anxiety. There' will be places in the plot where the hero makes headway and others where things go bad.
Texture them well, and you will let your readers scroll continuously. Here, for example, what our plot could look like so far..... "She had a woman manager in her late thirties who was coupled to her work. However, she has a wake-up call when her older granddaughter die alone and inattentive.
Executives decide that they need a hostess before they suffer the same destiny (goal). To do this, she sets up a date and arrange several appointments (requests). "Also note that these items exist in twos and are mutually balanced. It is an important mystery to bring excitement and drive into your action.
To skip to the other items, please enumerate some possible incidents that could be used as a warning in your story. You can see if you can create a short plot outlines with the first four items as in the example above. And if a issue is trite, then neither the main character nor the readers have a cause to get upset.
So, you have to give your character a target that counts. An indication that a person's main concern or aim is to be willing to make a sacrifice or experience pains in order to attain it. Classical cost cases are the hard-boiled investigator, who is at some point beat up in his inquiry, or the epic stories in which the character has to endure pains or injuries or gives up a beloved property in order to accomplish his aim.
When you steepen the cost and show how difficult the victim is for the character, the readers will have the feeling that the character has earned to do it. For our woman manager, she may have to give up a career that she worked for because she would have to work so much that she would have no opportunity to settle down and start a home.
Draw up a cost schedule for your character to reach the story goal. Here, too, you simply select an initial concept that you would like to incorporate into your plot outlines. Dividend is the item that compensates for the cost in your property outlines. Dividend is a reward for a character on his way to the Story Goal.
Contrary to the requirements, dividends are not required to reach the target. You can be completely independent of the target. They are something that would never have happened if the players hadn't bothered to reach the target. For example, in the case of our chief, perhaps their endeavors to make men give her an ideas for making a deal of their own - a type of Executive Futures facility that will guide her to a more fortunate career. What's more, it's a great way to make a difference.
Lists possible ways to rewards your character and selects one that suits your storylines. And then we come to our last couple of items. Requirements are incidents that must occur in order for the requirements to be met. You are an additional challenge for your storylines.
Just like the requirements, since the requirements are fulfilled, the readers feel that they are making headway towards their goals. When the requirement for our novel about the executives is that it must go out on some data, perhaps the premise is that it must subscribe to a dating facility, buy a new coat check or get a makeover.
Lastly, to level out your plot outlines, a minor release of Forewarnings. The prerequisite is small obstacles in the action. These are defaults of certain personalities that make it hard to reach the story goal. However, there are many other ways a character can create a condition that prevents him or her from achieving the story's goal.
As an example, the organization where our women manager works has a policy that managers have to participate in early morning sessions - around 6am on Saturdays. After you have selected your eight items, the next stage is to summarize them in a short one. Indeed, most items can be replayed or inserted in more than one way.
Here, for example, is how we could combine all eight items for our executives story into a single section..... You probably realized that something else is still lacking in our plot: how the story ends. Skip to the next unit to find out more about the 4 types of endings and how you can round off your plot outlines.
Like I said, the 8 elements of essentially plot can be arranged in any order and displayed differently at different points in the story. But even tales have a gradual plot. Pot progress is the way how an event has to run in a certain order to create an emotion.
You would not, for example, show the readers the dissolution of the story before the crises, because it would flatten the emotion of the crises. So, after polishing your plot outlines, use the W-Plot model to give your story the emotive texture it needs. Would you like more plot outlines? Many other ways to create a storyline, some of which take a more open, brain-storming stance.
Or, for other story modeling, visit our Story Modeling page. The 8 essentially plot items are part of the Dramatica Theorie der Geschichte by Melanie Anne Phillips and Chris Huntley. Have questions about plotting or any other aspect of novel composition?