Spice Up Your Plot

ImageI 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:

Plot Motivators

  • The Chase
  • Rebellion
  • Rivalry
  • Survival
  • Vengeance
  • Betrayal
  • Persecution

Story Spicers

  • Deception
  • Suspicion
  • Mistaken Identity
  • Rescue
  • Conspiracy
  • Searching
  • Honor and Dishonor

What plot motivators and story spicers do you like to use?

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3 Responses to Spice Up Your Plot

  1. amberskyef says:

    I just use my outline to keep me on track, but a lot is skeletal in the first place because a rough draft for me is a glorified outline. I just want to get to revisions because I hate drafting, plain and simple. So as I’m writing I will put revision notes in the margins.

  2. I’ve always admired people who can stick to their outlines. Mine are useless after about four scenes. 🙂

    • Christi says:

      Mine, too, because the characters tend to take on lives of their own and snatch the plotline right out from under me!

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