How do you plot a story?
I'll do my best to explain this, with two caveats:
- The writing process is unique to each author. So my explanation only applies to me.
- The art of creating a story is both complex and evolutionary. I'll give you a glimpse into how I write, but my description will be far simpler than the actual process can ever be. Also, by the time you read this, my process will doubtless have evolved as I continue my never-ending quest to write better.
- Before I begin to write a story, I've thought about it and gathered research on it for months. I take an idea and throw a lot of What-if's at it.
- I have four clear "dots" in the story: the beginning, the middle, the climax, and the end.
- I get a rough idea of the type of characters it would take to bind those four plot points together.
- And then I jump in, connecting the dots, adding more dots, erasing a few, and learning more about the personalities of my characters as I go along. Eventually, the characters take over, and then it becomes my job as an author to get out of the way.