9 Must-Know Tips for Plotting a Story

Plot means a lot of different things to different people. Some describe it as a sequence of events. Others say it’s what happens to the story’s characters. A few says it’s how the story’s events move through time. Plot is all of these things and more. In the links below, we’ll examine exactly what is plot in a way that helps you to write a story.

• What is a story? An autopsy of a tale
• Your story isn’t its plot or structure
• Narrative structure: One step ahead or two back? 
• Which is best: Character- or plot-driven stories?
• What is a ‘cookie cutter’ story? 
• Think of plot as set-up, build-up, pay-off 
• Start your story in middle to increase suspense
• Don’t end novel with cliffhanger 
• Utilize both internal and external conflicts 
• BONUS: “Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.” – David Mitchell