NaNoWriMo – 16 – Checklist for Plot

There is no journey more exciting, more rewarding, than your own fantasy trip with characters and setting spun from the fabric of your own imagination.
~~ Phyllis Taylor Pianka

How to Write Romances

I’ve said all along that I’m a Plotter (as opposed to a Pantser who writes by the seat of his/her pants), but I’ve come to realize I’m a hybird – a Plotser.  Before NaNo started, I came up with a general path and was raring to go. I started off with a bang, but as the days have passed, my writing has been more improvisation than sure footed progress. So I’ve gone to the mattresses – gathering my resources and plotting (hehe) out the plan of attack.

Following is a checklist for plot –  a good enough place to generate some productive thinking about making a story work.

Checklist for Plot

What is the premise of the novel? (Handy definition of premise.)
Does the book begin in the proper place?
Is the plot line slanted toward a specific market or does it fall between the cracks?Does the plot flow smoothly from scene to scene? Is each scene necessary?
Is the pace guaranteed to hold the reader’s interest?
What makes this plot line different from similar novels?
Is the plot strong enough to sustain interest?
Are the characters strong enough to carry the plot? Are they believable? Sympathetic?
Do the subplots relate to the main theme? Are they brought to conclusion?
Is there enough conflict? Is it believable?
Does the conflict point to the climax?
Do all the elements of the plot comprise a satisfying ending?

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Pianka, P. (1988). 8. Developing the Romantic Plot. In How to write romances (p. 83). Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books.

For the most part, this blog is about reading and writing m/m romances, but there are a few personal reflections, some writerly information, and a bit of writing practice. Thank you for stopping by.

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2 comments on “NaNoWriMo – 16 – Checklist for Plot
  1. kirizar says:

    Plotser here as well. Wandering in a fantasy field of possibilities is a delight, until you realize you’ve passed that rock before and, hey, what is that talking dog doing there? I didn’t plan for a talking dog! There is the danger of the road less traveled in that you might get lost, bitten, or fall into quicksand never to be heard from again. Good luck with Nanowrimo; I hope you don’t lose yourself too literally in your writing.

  2. You’ve described exactly what is happening to me – skimming back to find a character made the same observation in another scene, for example. And hey, I do have a talking wyvern, but that’s normal, right?

    Hope you’re enjoying your writing life as well!

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