The Pattern to a Moving Story

To keep your story moving you will need a pattern that you should follow in every scene of your book. Some scenes may be long and elaborate and others smaller, but the same blueprint serves them all.

Another way to avoid putting your readers to sleep is to use conflicts and surprises. If you include these elements in all your scenes, you will have a great tale. How do you do it?

a) You need a problem. The main characters in that scene should encounter some sort of incident (within self, others, or the setting). The problem needs to be specific, immediate, significant, and should cause uncertainty.

b) The problem is followed by a reaction. How will the character respond to this problem? Emotionally, physically, spiritually, socially, etc. This reaction should usually make the problem worse (it could depend on your story.)

c) Now you have an action. What will the character plan to do with this problem? What is his/her motive for creating this plan? And even more important, how can you (the author) twist it.

d) Then comes the resolution of the problem. The plan needs to struggle before it works.

e) Throughout your main plot you need to keep this circle going right through all the scenes on the pages of your book. To keep the circle going, you want to add another step to your circle: another disaster. How? When your character puts in practice his resolution you have two choices:

1. It works but creates another problem or

2. It doesn’t work at all.

This formula will help your readers experience a book that they can’t put down and isn’t that our main goal?

Now go, and happy writings to you…

Tags: , , , , ,

Leave a Reply