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Posted 10/28/16
I should educate about the background of this type of plot: this plot structure has its origin from the worldview of the imperialists. The association of an emperor to a God and to the welfare of the world reflect a form of ego-centrism of the ruler. The conformity of all aspects of the setting to one religion is used to prevent the subjects from exploring religions which may threaten the ruler. The hero's dependency on the ruler for their hero status discourage rebellion against oppressive dictatorship. The focus on military profession instead of doctor as a form of justice reflects the brutality of imperialists. This genetic plot is discontinued but I should an advice to anyone who want to make a plot like this: show the dark side of this plot just as Magica Madoka show the dark side of traditional magical girl anime.
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I hope this doesn't come across as extremely rude, but just spending time with it will help. I have noticed that every other week or so, you have a post about a new story, asking for criticism/feedback on it. You do not seem to truly enjoy any of the plots though, as you have something new a few days later. So, think hard about a story that you TRULY wish to write about, then watch/read/listen to EVERYTHING that is even remotely similar to it. Outline your story, and then begin writing. The moment you ask how to make a plot "not sound terrible" is when it sounds terrible, as we (the ones answering) know YOU do not believe in it.


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Lord Jordan makes a very good point there about sticking with a story. My finished stories rarely align with my initial plot outline as fleshing out the characters and individual scenes reveal better paths through the story.

If you are struggling with plots in general there are three tips I'd suggest:

1. Set a beginning, middle and end for your plot. The one in this thread has a begining and a middle but no obvious end point. If you don't want to reveal the end of your story to your pre-readers you can change "the end" of your plot to "the goal of the main character" (the real end may be that the goal is never achieved).

2. Make a list of all the characters in your story along with their personal characteristics - their goals, their appearance, their relationships, even their likes and dislikes. Once you have worked out the motivations of your cast you can then decide which ones you will work in to your main plot, which to have as sub-plots or brief mentions and which to completely ignore.

3. Write a short chapter (500 words or so) from the perspective of a minor character (such as a servant or guard). Write about what they see and think of the story from their perspective. This will help immerse yourself in your world and identify areas of your plot that don't make sense. You can use this test chapter in your final story if you want, but I usually discard them as purely a test.
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Posted 10/29/16

Lord_Jordan wrote:

I hope this doesn't come across as extremely rude, but just spending time with it will help. I have noticed that every other week or so, you have a post about a new story, asking for criticism/feedback on it. You do not seem to truly enjoy any of the plots though, as you have something new a few days later. So, think hard about a story that you TRULY wish to write about, then watch/read/listen to EVERYTHING that is even remotely similar to it. Outline your story, and then begin writing. The moment you ask how to make a plot "not sound terrible" is when it sounds terrible, as we (the ones answering) know YOU do not believe in it.


Hope this helps


I hate to say it but I gave up on this story idea and will be focusing on some other story.
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