As writers (or soon-to-be writers!) we can form a basic plotline. Usually there’s a conflict, and this conflict must be solved to reach the end of the story.
But some stories tend to be confusing, not because of their plot, but because of the plot structure. The featured image in this post is a plot structure diagram. This is how a strong plotline should go:
- Your exposition, or beginning, is what should introduce your characters, setting, and your conflict. Nothing too deep should happen in the beginning, because your reader is still trying to figure your book out at this point.
- The rising action is the events that in some way contribute to the main conflict in the story. Don’t do anything too drastic too soon, leave that for your climax.
- The climax is the ‘high’ of your story. It’s the final conflict, and it’s usually the most dramatic in your story.
- The falling action is what follows your final conflict. It’s where the situation starts to decelerate, but the resolution has not yet been found.
- Denouement is just a fancy word for ending, or resolution. It’s where your story is wrapped up.
These are just some basic rules for a plot structure. You do not have to follow this to the word, but keep it in mind when you are choosing what to write next. Have you just finished your scene of greatest conflict? Okay, so then you should think about winding things down.
Make sure that your story flows well. Like I’ve said before, read your story like you’ve never even seen it before. You will catch yourself on a lot of mistakes and plot holes if you do it this way.