Sunday, 28 December 2014

12 days of writing: subplots

This Christmas, sneak off for twenty minutes to half an hour each day for some lovely, restful creative play with the 12 Days of Writing. If you've just joined in, start your story here. Each day, you get a new prompt to develop it further. (Subscribe to the blog on the top right to get it emailed to you.)

Subplots: they think it's their story



Flip back to what you wrote for the theme. Which character has the most interesting / different take on the theme (apart from the protagonist)? Use that character to build a subplot:

A subplot is still a plot and needs all the aspects of a plot: a character that develops / is affected by what happens to them; a problem that's interesting to explore; layers of development; a crisis point where it comes to a head; and a resolution. What's more, as far as that character's concerned, it's their story!

Look at the little infographic. (You can draw it out in your notebook, if you like.) Flesh out all those aspects of their story:

• What events do you already have for that character?
• What do they believe about the theme? How might they act on their beliefs?
• What events in their story will affect the main story as well?




Tomorrow we'll play with Detail. If you want to share what you invent, tweet me @WritersGreenHse. I'd love to hear.

For more on exploring and enriching stories, you can download the Story Elements: The Complete Set - only available until the end of 30 December 2014. Find out more, see previews, and download it here.

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