If the plot fizzles out partway through your manuscript, what do you do? It’s a worry faced by writers since we first put stylus to wax, ink to papyrus. We do many things to try to avoid this – we plot, storyboard, brainstorm, journal and sweat! Sometimes we fly by the seat of our pants, letting the plot unfold as it sees fit, then we can add/delete/modify as needed. Some of us detail each movement of the plot, with every step carefully orchestrated.
No matter our best intentions, we can
stall. Is it the plot, or has one of our characters gone off track? Do
we write our way forward, or go back and check all the threads, finding
the one that we lost or dropped? Do you use plotting software? Writing
software? Critique partners? Writers' groups?
great suggestions for getting around these kinds of problems – and most
writers run into them every once in a while – so dish! What is your best
way to keep your plot storming along, and what do you do when it mires
down, even momentarily? Makes no difference if you’re a
seat-of-your-pants plotter or a plotter who lays out every twist and
Romance with an edge