Edit My Novel
by Cara Lockwood
When crafting a story, you want to make it water-tight, but how do you keep your plot from being riddled with holes? Here are a few tips to keep in mind to make your plot believable and compelling:
Pivotal plot points can’t happen by accident. Coincidences may happen in real life, but in fiction, they can sink your plot. No one wants to read about a hero who sits around and has things magically fall into place for him as he passive waits for love to come to him, or for his enemy to stumble into a comprising situation. People want to read about characters who are proactive and who make things happen, ideally by battling through conflict. If your story has an accidental coincidence that moves the plot forward, think about ways to make that not an accident. Take, for instance, a romance, where two strangers meet by accident at a coffee shop and fall in love. If one of them actually planned to be there and had an ulterior motive for meeting that so-called stranger, then that makes for a more interesting story.
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