Story plots and how to get the most from yours; Part Five
March 26, 2012 2 Comments
This week we look at the final four of Ronald Tobias’ twenty story plots.
Click the link below to review the first four.
Click the link below to review the second four.
Click the link below to review the third four.
Click the link below to review last week’s four.
Now, onto the final four.
With Discovery, our Hero learns something, either good or bad, and must make a difficult choice. How important this discovery is, may not be known at first, but it is important to the overall storyline as its true significance is revealed.
18. Wretched Excess
I’ve never heard of this story plot before and it seems a little over the top for a plot idea. With a Wretched Excess plot, character behaviour is pushed past the accepted normality. Things are done to the extreme as the world looks on. I’m not sure how well of a plot this could be as it seems only geared for a horror story.
In this plot, our Hero begins the story in the most dire of circumstances. Perhaps he is virtually in the gutter, maybe a criminal or someone on the fringes of society. The plot depicts their them becoming a better person; often to stress that would defeat a normal person, and therefore achieving the rightly deserved heroic status.
The opposite to ascension, our Hero comes from a place of prominence. Due to factors within his life (and the story) we watch as he tumbles into a downward spiral of moral or social depravity, possible as the result of not able to handle the stress he finds himself under
There you have it. The 20 plot ideas for your novel. While the majority of them did intrigue me, I found several that could be used more efficiently as sub-plots.
Have you written a story with these plot elements?