From Anne R. Allen’s Blog:
Plot is story; story is plot. Without something happening, your characters aren’t pushed to grow and you can’t show their carefully crafted complexities.
With a well-formed plot, you pull in the reader with flawless tension handling, robust arcs, and vibrant themes.
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1. Structure is required in all of art. Dancing, painting, singing, you name it–all art forms require structure. Writing is no different. To bring a story to its full potential, authors must understand the form’s limitations, as well as put its many parts into proper order to achieve maximum effect.
K.M. Weiland, Structuring Your Novel
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5. The fix for most script problems is to give serious attention to the movement from one narrative moment to the next. The easiest way to understand what a narrative moment is, is to ask two questions: What does this action or this line of dialogue force the audience to question? How does that information relate to previous questions raised by the story?
Clive Davies-Frayne, Why I Don’t Read “How To” Screenwriting Articles Anymore
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7. Plotting with mini arcs can be a handy tool to break your novel into smaller, more manageable pieces that keep the story moving and the ideas coming.
Janice Hardy, Plot Your Novel With Mini Arcs
8. As you are working out the plot for your book (or, for you pantsers, as you are trying to figure out what happens next,) make a list of all the things that could happen next.
Kara Lennox, The Plot Fixer #8 – Is Your Plot Too Predictible?
9. Make coincidences add complications, not take them away.
Jami Gold, The Green Lantern Movie: How *Not* to Plot a Story
Link to the rest at Anne R. Allen’s Blog