How to Strengthen Your Novel's Plot (and why I think you should take a second look at it)

I’ve talked an awful lot about goals lately. I’m actually in the process of completed one of my larger quarterly goals: buying a house!

But I’m dragging you to the computer today to talk about a different kind of goal - the kind that relates to plots.

There’s no doubt that an odd cloud of mystery surrounds the definition of a plot. Most people have a rough idea of what they are and how to write them, but do you have the whole picture?

Watch this video, yo! (It's all the same info as this post but you get to listen instead of watch :D)

We’re going to start with the basics today and work our way up to some examples, so you can see exactly what I mean.

What is so dang important about understanding what plot means? Why am I spending my time making a video about it?

Because plot affects the reader’s engagement with the story and the characters. It’s basic: something needs to happen for there to be a story at all. But what readers really love seeing is the reaction that characters have to certain events in their lives (i.e. plot points in the story).

Knowing your characters is fundamental to conveying these reactions to writers, but creating that opportunity to show characterization arises with your plot.

This is why plot is so important to understand, inside and out.

Now here’s the $5 million question: what is a plot?

A plot consists of a series of plotpoints. Woohoo! Done. Super easy right?

No, because that was the worst definition of a plot the internet has ever witnessed.