How well linked should plot elements be? For example, A leads to B leads to C leads to D, each element leads to the next which drives the story forward. What if you had one or two points in the story that were not linked to the final outcome, but used to show character development. Like A leads to B, C happens, B leads to D. I'm struggling with this idea as I have about fourteen plot points I want to use, the beginning and end are well linked. But my middle section is used to develop the character rather than the main plot.