So you are a writer, and you're having issues with creating a book plot, which is a common problem. Now to solve these issues, it may take you stepping out of you comfort zone to see the “big picture.” When I write, I like to start with a summary of what I feel about the characters, their environment and how they will interact with each other.
This summary helps me to determine how the plot will be developed and how it will progress to its conclusion. The biggest problem I've experienced is creating a plot that leaves surprises. I don't like my books to be guessable, and I like to keep my readers on the edge of their seat. To do this, I get out of my comfort zone and look at the book as if I'm a first time reader who has no idea how I write books.
3 Examples of problems you could have when creating a book plot
As you are creating a book plot, there are many problems that you could face. However, I want to point out 3 problems and ways that you can solve these problems.
- Missing essential information to support the plot. If you plot is light weight and readers feel like something is missing, then try adding substantial details. Such as describing the environment, how a person looks, the feelings a character is experiencing, etc. Try to paint a picture with words so that your reader can step into your plot and see what you are trying relay to them in your plot.
- Characters don't align with the direction of the plot. Are your characters fighting against the grain of what you want for your book? Then try revamping them by subtracting or adding to their overall appeal. Take a step back from your plot to see if your characters need to be realigned or even deleted. Keeping balance in your book is very important and any characters not fitting should be reviewed and handled.
- Can't figure out how to smoothly transition between scenes. Being able to smoothly transition from one scene to the next is essential for a book's plot. If the transition is stiff, missing information or just doesn't fit, then your reader can feel out of place. What I have is that I try to make the ending of a scene flow into the beginning of the next scene by including relatable information. So is Billy and Sue are having a conversation about “X” then I try to make sure to reference “X” at the beginning of the next scene. Or at least have the beginning of the next associated with “X” in a clear-cut way.
Now that you have learned how to problems when creating a book plot, I would love to hear from you about your experience. Please feel free to leave a comment below about your own experience. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.