Hello everyone and thank you in advance for taking the time to read this as well as for the help! I'm new to the site, and well simply put new to writing as it were. I decided to start writing after I started reading a lot more when I was sent over seas. Unfortunately I need some help as far as things such as plot are concerned. I just wanted to ask a few questions and see where it gets me. 1. Just to make sure I understand plot. Is it the obstacles keeping our characters from their ultimate goal? For example a powerful storm keeping the trade ship our characters are currently housed on from getting to the safety of shore and delivering their goods. 2. How would I set up my plot so a particular event would clearly effect the future of the story? Like something early in the story having an effect later in the story such as causing a death. Is there a way to make something like that work? 3. Forgive me, but what is a sub-plot? I'm really not grasping that particular area after reading about it and am wondering what its commonly used for. When I was reading R.A. Salvatore's The Legend of Drizzt there always seemed to be seemingly minor events causing larger effects later in the story. Is that sub-plot? Thanks for all the help again!