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    Plot Devolpment for story

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by Cat B, Sep 20, 2016.

    Hello, I am writing a action/drama/supernatural script/novel I guess for something I want to turn into a manga comic.
    However I seem to keep finding myself stumped on how to begin a new chapter, and which way is the best way to take the story to Develop the plot. I don't want to take it the wrong direction for readers to get bored or tire of my characters, how does one confront this problem?
    I have the plot written in points, the important points and where it needs to go but breaking it down into more detailed chapters seems to be exhausting -_-
    Any tips or tricks?
    I'm five chapters into the story
     
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    Are you trying to meticulously plan all of the chapters and subsections? Some people do well extensively planning, some do not. That might be hanging you up a bit.

    Other than that, I don't think there's really a formulaic approach to making sure your plot develops in a way that will be engaging to readers. It kind of works with an intuitive understanding of how a story works. Narrative discourse and the like.

    Sometimes I am so close to a project that I get caught up with things like that. Maybe try stepping away for a bit. Or find a person who has similar interests and bounce ideas off of them.

    ETA: read A LOT of works that are similar to yours. Or as similar as you can find. Critically evaluate what is working and how the writer achieved what it is you like.
     
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    The disclaimer here is that this is what works for me. Might be it'll work for you too, so give it a go and see. If it doesn't... try something else. There's lots of different ways of writing, and they all work for someone.

    But for me: don't worry too much about the best way of taking your story somewhere. Just find a way, and take it from there.

    I'm very much on the planning end of the spectrum. Without an overall plot outline and plans for the at least next few scenes, I find it very hard to start.

    My scene plans usually take the form of:

    Who's driving the scene?
    What do they want?
    How do they enter the scene?
    Where do I want them to get to?

    Those answers make a plan. The plan lets me write.

    But once I've started writing, I'll barely ever stick to the plan I created. It's really hard not to get halfway through a story and then think of something better because you're so much more immersed in it.

    You can go back later. You can change things. Just get some words on a page.
     
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