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Three diagrams to make your plot a page-turner

Today’s re-blog, from Roz Morris, will zap stalled plot-intentions :-)

Nail Your Novel

Nail Your Novel unexpected plot developmentsI’ve had this question from Elizabeth Lord: I have just finished your book Nail Your Novel and found it extremely helpful for the rewrite phase of my novel. You mention graphs as a way to see where plots are plodding and character arcs intertwine – do you have any examples?

What a good question! Diagrams coming up.

First, though, a bit of explanation. Readers get bored if the plot appears to be predictable – ie the characters start with a goal and proceed doggedly towards it, step by step by step. This is a linear plot and it looks dead dull, like reading the syllabus for an education course, not a story. So when the characters have a clear goal at the start, we try to introduce developments that upset expectations. They’re going on the Orient Express? Great. Make one of them miss the train. Now everyone has a new…

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2 responses to “Three diagrams to make your plot a page-turner

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris February 21, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks, Alexander!


    • Alexander M Zoltai February 21, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      You’re Very Welcome, Roz :-)


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