Storms And Plot Points

Stormy Bridge

As Storm Desmond lashed the UK earlier this week, I spent most of my time wrapped up in a sleeping bag trying to fight off illness. As a result work has been slow going this month.

I recently came across an article on narrative structure which solved a problem I didn’t realise I had. The plot points in my story were in the wrong place. As a result, my story didn’t flow properly and the pacing was all over the place. Knowing structure was important, I decided early on to follow the traditional three act structure for my first book. But while I was so busy working on the inciting incident and rising tension and pinches, I completely neglected the position of the plot points (if you don’t know what they are, Melissa Donovan summarises them better that I could in this article).

Something had been bothering me about the story for a while and it’s a relief to finally figure out what the problem was. It is however daunting to know how much more work is now necessary to fix it. I’m going to have to throw out much of what I’ve written and add in lots of new scenes to fix the structure. Better to figure it out now rather than later I suppose.

At least my house isn’t flooded.

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2 thoughts on “Storms And Plot Points”

  1. Do you think one day we’ll know all there is to know about writing? Of course, even if I did, it wouldn’t matter because I’d forget it all. Hope you’re feeling better.

    1. I doubt anyone can truly master anything as complex as writing. I look at it as an eternal ladder – you climb up, improving step by step until you get to a level that makes you happy. Some days you go up, some days you go down. But if you want to be a truly great writer then you never stop climbing. There’s no end goal, there’s just the ladder.

      Thanks for the sentiment. I still feel terrible, but it’ll pass.

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