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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.

I having a hard time coming up with a plot for a story and an even harder time sticking with one. Got any advice worth sharing on how to make a plot and stick with it. I know I came up with a plot but it's hard for me to stick with it.


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I feel like any good story starts with a topic to be explored, and the plot flows organically from there.
Maybe coming up with a plot to begin with, is missing a step?
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DazaiShinju wrote:

I feel like any good story starts with a topic to be explored, and the plot flows organically from there.
Maybe coming up with a plot to begin with, is missing a step?


Okay. When I do get a plot, how do I stick with it?
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When I come up with a plot, I write as much of it down as I can, then I fill in the details after.

Maybe if you write it all down, you can rearrange it as you please, or it might help you structure the rest of your story around that plot idea?
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1stladyent wrote:

When I come up with a plot, I write as much of it down as I can, then I fill in the details after.

Maybe if you write it all down, you can rearrange it as you please, or it might help you structure the rest of your story around that plot idea?


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Posted 6/24/16
With plots, it's ok to change the story around sometimes. Especially since at the beginning, you need to focus on the basic structure and skeleton of the story. It doesn't have to be perfect, you just need a basis.

TL;DR: Keep on changing the plot as much as you want/need to, for now. It helps to not put so much pressure onto yourself to make your writing "perfect".
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TotalQuirk wrote:

With plots, it's ok to change the story around sometimes. Especially since at the beginning, you need to focus on the basic structure and skeleton of the story. It doesn't have to be perfect, you just need a basis.

TL;DR: Keep on changing the plot as much as you want/need to, for now. It helps to not put so much pressure onto yourself to make your writing "perfect".


It sucks when you can't think of a plot.
Posted 6/24/16 , edited 6/24/16

qualeshia3 wrote:


TotalQuirk wrote:

With plots, it's ok to change the story around sometimes. Especially since at the beginning, you need to focus on the basic structure and skeleton of the story. It doesn't have to be perfect, you just need a basis.

TL;DR: Keep on changing the plot as much as you want/need to, for now. It helps to not put so much pressure onto yourself to make your writing "perfect".


It sucks when you can't think of a plot.


Give it time. Let these things come naturally to you. If you write with no inspiration, it 99.9% of the time can come out pretty bad.

Music is usually what inspired me when I was real into writing. Another thing to remember is to focus on writing your characters first. It's important to remember that the characters, along with their goals, relations, and decisions push the plot.

A good, simple, and very stereotypical example is everyone's favorite hero/villain story.

The villain's role is to create conflict, and hero's role is to try to stop it.

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I hope so.
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For me at least, I stick with the premises that stick with me. Its not that I have to do anything special, its just I find that I want to explore the world, learn about the characters and figure out what happens in the story when I have a good premise. Its like playing a sandbox video game. The plot is the sandbox to play around in. If it is fun and interesting, I'm going to want to play and see what I can actually do in that world and the only way I can do that is by writing.

I think part of sticking with it is putting your all into everything you make. If you go in full force, its not easy to just back out. I personally wrote the first Act of my novel, which was originally going to be the whole thing, but at the end, I felt that there was so much more to explore and so many questions I wanted to see answered, that I wrote two more Acts. Not doing so would have been a disservice to the characters, the setting, and the readers (including myself).
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For me at least, I stick with the premises that stick with me. Its not that I have to do anything special, its just I find that I want to explore the world, learn about the characters and figure out what happens in the story when I have a good premise. Its like playing a sandbox video game. The plot is the sandbox to play around in. If it is fun and interesting, I'm going to want to play and see what I can actually do in that world and the only way I can do that is by writing.

I think part of sticking with it is putting your all into everything you make. If you go in full force, its not easy to just back out. I personally wrote the first Act of my novel, which was originally going to be the whole thing, but at the end, I felt that there was so much more to explore and so many questions I wanted to see answered, that I wrote two more Acts. Not doing so would have been a disservice to the characters, the setting, and the readers (including myself).


Wah! I can't think of a plot for a story!
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easy, put your "stick" in between the "plot"( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK8T16PHNTU&list=PL99B7C84CA548F264&index=244
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RedExodus wrote:

easy, put your "stick" in between the "plot"( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK8T16PHNTU&list=PL99B7C84CA548F264&index=244


I don't have a stick.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


sundin13 wrote:

For me at least, I stick with the premises that stick with me. Its not that I have to do anything special, its just I find that I want to explore the world, learn about the characters and figure out what happens in the story when I have a good premise. Its like playing a sandbox video game. The plot is the sandbox to play around in. If it is fun and interesting, I'm going to want to play and see what I can actually do in that world and the only way I can do that is by writing.

I think part of sticking with it is putting your all into everything you make. If you go in full force, its not easy to just back out. I personally wrote the first Act of my novel, which was originally going to be the whole thing, but at the end, I felt that there was so much more to explore and so many questions I wanted to see answered, that I wrote two more Acts. Not doing so would have been a disservice to the characters, the setting, and the readers (including myself).


Wah! I can't think of a plot for a story!


Let it come to you. A watched pot never boils.

In the meantime, you can always work on editing some of your old works. Finding your mistakes and your bad habits will improve your future writing by leaps and bounds!

Or you can work on small writing exercises. Describe a room fluidly in as much detail as possible. Describe a character. Write a conversation for two strangers you see chatting in the street. Try to subtly draw out an emotion without dialogue and without telling the reader what to feel.

You don't always need to be directly writing your magnum opus to be making it better.

PS: ^^lol
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Thank you for the advice.
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