A Matter of Timing: Positioning Your Major Plot Points Within Your Story

Today, I’m guest posting on Romance University, with a plot titled “A Matter of Timing: Positioning Your Major Plot Points Within Your Story.” Here’s an excerpt:

Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding StoryWhen writers start talking about story structure, one of our biggest brow wrinklers is timing. Even after we’ve identified the major plot points in our stories (more on that in a sec), our work still isn’t finished. Where do we position these plot points within the plot? And how precisely do these moments have to be timed?

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K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY and NIEA Award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel. She writes historical and speculative fiction from her home in western Nebraska and mentors authors on her award-winning website.

Comments

  1. The plot points must be necessarily one for each type, even if there is one (or more) important character arc in the story beyond the protagonist’s one, that could have its own plot points?

    (Thank you for what you share with your posts!)

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says:

      I touch on the issues of plot points in multiple POV in this post on dual timelines. But the short answer is that you can handle this in two ways: either use the same plot point to drive the plot in both POVs – or time it so each POV gets its own structure-advancing plot point at the proper time. In the vast majority of cases, the first is preferable, since it will contribute to a much tighter story.

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