Elements of Fiction
Think first of problems, conflict, struggle and the stalwart trials of your hero or heroine.
The plot is the plan, the design, or the blueprint for the story. It provides the superstructure for constructing a beautiful piece of art. They don’t happen without effort and are built into the story like studdings in the wall of a house. The bigger the problem, the more heroic your lead character will be as he or she faces and solves the problem.
Items your plot must contain:
1. Abstract values which show the triumph of good over evil in the major conflict.
2. Contrasting characters in the story action, each strongly motivated in his efferts to achieve a definate goal.
3. And urgent must with an obvious can’t.
4. A situation which appears insoluable, followed by an ingenious solution which is believable though surprising.
5. A moral theme or an unstated premise to which the story serves as a sort of parable.
6. A special feature ingredient for a fresh angle.
7. My own expression of the subject matter, the era, area, and characters of the story.
Types of Conflict
- Person vs Nature
Person vs Complication such as hidden clues which hinder solving a crime
3. Person vs Person
4. Person vs Himself such as two or more desires tearing at his heart. The stronger the conflict, the greater the chance of a sale.
- Name and race
3. Kind of clothing worn
4. Food he likes
5. State of health
10. Appearence of his house
17. Things read
19. Like flowers? Yes or no
22. Political convictions
24. What makes him or her appealing
25. Biggest problem