This week and for the next few week, we'll look at Plots and Plotting. Plot can cause a writer worry. What is it? How do I work it out? How do I know how to go about it? are questions frequently asked.
Quite simply plot is the telling of your story. Take it a stage further to structure which equally simply is how you go about constructing your story. Contemporary fiction is primarily described as being 'plot-led' which means the stronger the plot the more attractive the fiction is from a publishing point of view.
Plot begins when a problem occurs that requires reaction from one of your characters. Plot thrives on structure and pace - it is said that pace is to fiction what buses are to commuters – regular arrival, neither too many nor too few and should forward the storyline at a relevant pace for the story.