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Managing Plots and Subplots

Managing Plots and SubplotsGood writers are good at managing plots and subplots. The manipulation of a narrative is usually considerably focused. It will outline every peak and valley, and each pivot of a one single story. But the single story should not always seek a lone direct thrust. Whenever submit additional thrusts then we call those subplots. The major story could be called your A-Plot, and any subsequent plots that are smaller in stature would be your B-Plots, your C-Plots, and so forth. And these little plots could even be woven together. As you can probably see by now, managing plots and subplots requires some forethought.

Considering How to Use Subplots

We should not worry so much about individual subplots, especially if they are merely a spinoff of your main plot. You have to consider that your story probably has a number of individual characters – all of which bring to your story their own individual stories, intriguing problems, and burning desires. This is where many of your subplots will come from.

As you pursue solutions for all their problems and desires, then they would work off the main plot and serve to add flavor to your story. They can actually give your main plot some perspective and provide your readers with time to perhaps digest the last big twist in your main story. Subplots can actually be a great tool to use.

Obviously, all these little narratives that spinoff your main plots are referred to as subplots. The important thing about these is that they must be managed carefully. Do not leave any of them unresolved as it will leave the reader unfulfilled.

Weaving your Subplots into the Main Plot

Of course, some of your characters will be more developed than others. Your more developed characters will typically have a one main problem along with a group of smaller problems. In fact, they can have as many as you want or need them to have. Again, do not forget to fully address the problems that the story pursues. The more developed the character, the more important it is to conclude these subplots in some way. Always remember that they do not necessarily have to solve these problems, but make it clear that result is a final one.

And we must also consider how the characters interact and solve common problems that may also be considered as subplots. In fact, common subplots between characters can be some of the most rewarding parts of the story for many readers. This is when characters bond, romantic frictions materialize, and exciting new alliances are forged against their common enemy.

The best of subplots is when they surprise the reader by having a direct bearing on the main story. This is just about always a pleasant surprise. And the more of your subplots that merge into the main plot will make your storyline extremely deep and rich.

But like everything else that we enjoy – like ice cream and roller coasters – we can very easily overdo them. The same can be said for subplots. Do not overdo it when you use them. Remember a popular phrase that is has been used by many artists and musicians “less is more”. It is always good to leave them wanting just a little bit more. This is how they will remember who you are.


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