I don’t know about you, but my first draft is always skeletal. It seems that no matter how hard I try to plan a complex story, it turns out too simplistic. I have to go back through several times add in complications, twists, etc.
If I’m stuck, I’ll go back through my list of plot motivators and story spicers for ideas (I believe these came from one of William Safire’s books on writing). Here are some of my favorites:
- The Chase
- Mistaken Identity
- Honor and Dishonor
What plot motivators and story spicers do you like to use?