From loose idea to solid plot in 5 steps
Here’s how you can go from a loose concept or idea for a novel to a solid book outline that actually incorporates plot — meaning you won’t be left with a saggy middle and just ✨vibes✨
Step 1: Concept, inciting incident, first want
Start with working out that very first thing that happens in your story. Usually it’s the inciting incident that sparks the concept of your story, so identify the event that breaks up your protagonist’s status quo.
Then figure out what external goal comes out of the inciting incident. What do they want?
Step 2: Protagonist, internal conflict, transformation
Time to flesh out your protagonist. Figure out what they’re struggling with when we meet them (a flaw, misbelief, or struggle), and think about how they’re going to overcome this by the end.
Don’t forget to figure out WHY they’re struggling with that when we meet them, and WHY this story is the moment they overcome that.
Step 3: Plot-twist, second want, higher stakes
This is where you put down your midpoint. What’s the biggest reveal that changes the course of the story and your protagonist’s journey?
Make sure this increases the stakes and gives your characters a brand new or more intense version of the first external goal.
Step 4: Moment of transformation, story question
Time to figure out how you’re going to bring your character to their moment of enlightenment, when they finally overcome that struggle you gave them in the beginning. How does this answer the story question you’ve posed with their initial struggle? What is the lesson they learn?
Step 5: Side-characters, subplots, extra conflict
Now you’ve got the main journey down, lay out all your side-characters, possible relationships, subplots, and complications. Then look at them all again and see if you can’t turn most of them into sources of conflict for your protagonist.
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que eres parte activa del sol,
materia proscrita y lejana...
de las estrellas que nos miran.
hermanastro de la luz,
amante varón encendido
de la oscuridad "que repica".
Que eres... semilla
en mil gramos de fe
y conexión imaginaria...
de una fiera "primitiva".
que formas parte de mí
sin que te toquen mis manos
en el abismo hondo de la carne.
… ( Que formas parte de un dios
silencioso, en su ausencia de siglos ).
tierra removida sabiamente
por el arado de lo imposible;
que eres risa, llanto y dudas,
¡ intrínseco miedo y ceniza !
agua inmaculada y clara,
sol, tormenta, luz y semilla;
lo que nadie ¡ se explica !
Ousía Poética © Leandro Lojek.
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