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Solving the Plot Puzzle & Plotting a Sequel

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Zen and the Art of Reality Bending

Plotting is like a jigsaw puzzle, which you know if you’ve ever done it. But if you’ve never plotted before, and want to know how I do it, here’s the basics:

Step One: Figure out who your characters are and what their internal/external goal is.

Step Two: Have a basic idea of what you want the story to be. A premise or theme.

Step Three: Think of a bunch of random plot ideas that the characters can go through.

Step Four: Try to piece some (if not all) of the plot pieces together. If you did this part right, you should have a beginning, a middle, and an end planned out, with a story that makes sense.

It’s not hard. Just a pain. Sure, every writer has a bajillion ideas per day, but not all of them are perfect for the story. And because I’m writing a sequel, where I…

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