It should be no secret plot is the foundation upon which you will build your story. Better put, it is the frame through which you portray your novel.
A plot can be defined as a series of events that must occur to achieve a specific outcome. The secret of plot is to choose the one that enables you to best portray your novel.
There are no hard and fast rules to anything in writing. But typically a plot will have rising action at the beginning. The story gets started, the characters are introduced and the plot thickens.
Who Knows What Might Happen?
Your plot might lead two lovers to be swept away and separated by the winds of war. A child might die and her parents be thrown into an abyss of despair. A boy might run away and join the circus.
Now, over the ages a number of standard plot structures have evolved and you can use them as is or combine them to create something new.
The characters you choose and the story you want to tell will help unlock the plot structure that is best for your novel.
Once More, With Feeling
Depending on the novel you want to write you may want to use the Replay plot structure.
This is the type of structure that was used in the movies Groundhog Day and Rashomon. The same story is repeated again and again, from different points of view.
This is a great structure to use when you want to see the story but from a multiple perspectives.
Romance Is In The Air
Or maybe your story is about two lovers.
Then the Romantic plot structure might be better suited. While the Replay plot line is more structured, the Romantic plot line is all about what happens and how.
For example, in Cinderella she falls in love with the prince before she is doomed to leave and the plot focuses on whether they will be reunited.
In Sleeping Beauty the Prince and the Princess fall in love and then are separated and the prince must prove his bravery to rescue his love.
Pete And Repeat
Or perhaps you want to compare and contrast two situations.
A Parallel structure is perfect for this. This is what Charles Dickens used in A Tale of Two Cities.
He compared and contrasted the similarities and differences between two men, Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton.
Or maybe your novel is one of adventure.
Then a plot structure of Daring Enterprise might be best for your novel.
In this no super secret plot structure. Everyone’s familiar with this one.
The two main characters are the hero and his adversary. Typically they might be struggling over an object or a desired outcome.
But there is no reason you can’t combine it with a Romantic plot structure and have them competing over a woman.
It’s A Secret Plot Or, Dare To Go Plotless
An action adventure plot line is perfect to show a character doing something: figuring out the mystery, chasing down the bad guy etc.
But, perhaps you want to portray a character simply being who he is and not necessarily doingsomething. A strong plotline will detract from the story you are telling.
A plotless or, Picaresque, novel is perfect for this.
Now, you may wonder how a novel works without a plot? Well, just fine, thank you.
Gulliver’s Travels and Don Quixote are both plotless, Picaresque, novels that portray different aspects of society or human nature as the character moves from one event to another.
By now it should be no secret plot is one of the most important literary devices you will use.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways you can plot your novel. And, if you click the following links it will lead you to some of the best books available on the subject.