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Hello once again! As the country starts opening back up again from the current scourge across the land, we’re opening up a new series as we follow the life cycle of a new book. This time we’re covering “plot” and what that means for your work. What it actually means is the action, or story line for your book. If you don’t have a plot, it’s going to be an extremely dull piece. Even the worst, most god-awful books or movies have at least the barest threads of a plot. Well, maybe not “Eyes Wide Shut”, but we’re getting into that right now.

 On this episode, we discuss the plot as being the roadmap for a tale. It is a journey taking the reader from a definite starting point to a final destination. It drives your story and sets the action for your work. What’s going on in your story? What are the main characters trying to achieve? How are they going to get where they want to be? These are the things your plot does, and if you don’t have much of one, your story will lead to a dead end. Okay, enough with the driving references.

We’ll also be talking about subplots and what they can do for your work. Along with adding additional information to the reader, they can add flavor and enrichment to your book. Just be careful in how you use them. If you use too many or don’t know how to weave them together with the main plot, your readers will let out a collective “Huh?”

As always, we’ll have our regular segments to satisfy your cravings for silliness: Old Time Accountability Hour, Ask the Muse, Method to the Madness, and Feed The Fire, so please join us so you can ask yourself “Don’t these people have anything better to do?”

 Music: White Crow by XTaKeRuX is used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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