Whether or not a plot is good is subjective because everyone has their own views of what is and isn’t a good plot. However, even if a plot isn’t written to your own personal preferences, it is typically quite easy to determine if the writer of a story has created a good plot or not.
In this article, I will be talking you through what makes a good plot in a subjective sense, focusing on the elements you should aim to incorporate, rather than focusing on a specific plot. I will also be touching upon what makes a good story and some tips to help you improve your writing techniques.
What Is A Good Plot?
To begin with, it is important to note that when it comes to the plot, there is not necessarily anything that is correct or incorrect. The content of the plot itself is something you can have complete control over.
Even so, the plot should always make sense. There needs to be a level of continuity, and explanation. When it comes to the conclusion of the story, all the loose ends should be tied up. After all, you want to make the reading easy for the reader, rather than difficult to understand.
A good plot is one that is well planned and thought out. It should include the 5 parts of a story structure, which are:
- Rising Action
- Falling Action
You can check out my blog post that focuses on structure in more detail here.
In addition to this, there are 7 elements of a story that should be included within the plot too. These are:
Here is my more detailed blog post discussing this topic.
To ensure that the plot is great, you will want to incorporate these elements and parts of the story. From here, the story will flow far better. However, even if you have a fantastic, and well-thought-out plot, the writing will still need to be good. This is why it is important to carefully plan and consider your work
You will want to include a variation of different sentence and paragraph structures, allowing the tension to build within the story. This will help to keep the reader immersed and interesting. Your timing with the events in the plot is important, as are the characters and the subplots within the main arc.
Tips On What Makes A Good Story
There is a lot to consider when thinking about what makes a good story. Here are some tips that I have found personally useful.
Plan, Plan, Plan
When it comes to writing, you will want to plan as much of the plot as possible. While this way of writing will not work for everyone, it is a great way of sticking to the main goals you want to achieve, while making sure to tie up the loose ends of the plot. The more you plan, the easier the story will be to write, and the clearer the idea will be in your mind.
Strong characters that the reader can connect with is often what will make or break a book. You will want to create characters that make the reader invested in the book. If the reader doesn’t care about the characters, this will severely affect the plot. Whether the characters are “good” or “bad”, you will want to make them relatable, and interesting.
Drama And Suspense
A good plot will build up the drama and suspense well. Whether this is quickly, or slowly, the climax of the book needs to encompass the plot well, and be interesting to the reader. This is the pivotal point of the story, and the readers need to feel invested in this.
Connections and Loose Ends
A good plot will have good connections to the event of the story throughout. In addition to this, all of the loose ends will be tied up well, or left open for divisive purposes. If the plot ends with a disappointing conclusion, this can severely affect the entire book.
These are just a few things to take into consideration when you are writing a plot. It is also useful to bounce your ideas off others, to gain a better understanding of whether or not your story is going to work.
A good plot is well-written and will captivate its intended audience. The most important aspect to remember is that the story should have good continuity and all of the loose ends are tied up at the end. The editing and planning processes are essential, and you will want to ensure that you are not rushing the creative process.
When it comes to the content of the plot itself, this is something that you can have complete creative control over. You will just want to implement as many of these tips into your writing as possible.
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