Last of the elements is plot. This is the ‘what’ is happening to the characters and in the setting. Also, you may want to explain ‘why’, which can overlap with the other two. The simplest explanation is that these are the events to make readers care about everything else. If you have no plot, you have no story to place the other pieces into. Otherwise, you have a bunch of people standing around an area doing nothing.
- How much thought do you put into your plot before writing?
- Do you think plot influences characters or the other way around when you write?
- What is one piece of advice you would give to a new author about plot?