What is more exciting that a roller coaster ride on a hot summer day? People line up and wait for more than hour to take a ride that lasts 5-10 minutes. Then many, jump back in line to do it all over again.
Roller coasters are full of ups and downs, twists and turns. We might have ridden a ride dozens of times and know every twist and turn, and yet, it holds so much excitement and thrill that we want to repeat the experience again and again.
Have you ever read a book that felt like a roller coaster ride? Full of ups and downs, twists and turns. Did it catch your breath? Make you gasp? cry? shout in anger? Some books do this very well, because the writer was intent on taking the reader on a roller coaster ride.
All stories should have some element of thrill and excitement. A story that doesn't have either would fail to pull the reader along on a journey with its main character. The ups and downs, twists and turns, are called plot. Without a plot, a story will fall flat, regardless of how interesting the characters are. Fascinating character that do nothing will lose the reader fast.
Think about plot like you would a roller coaster ride. Include moments that build slowly over time and balance scenes that race your heart with scenes that give readers a moment to catch their breaths. Include unexpected twists and turns, even a loop every now and then that changes everything.
Authors carefully construct plot. They don't rush it or force it to happen. Every twist is intended. Every loop has a purpose. If it doesn't, there's no need for that scene. Take time to consider your next plot. Is it exciting? Will readers want to jump back into line and read it all over again? If not, it needs some work. Give the reader a wild ride that they won't soon forget.
WRITING PROMPT: Write out all the elements of your plot, step by step. Does the tension build? Or does it fall flat. Place each of your plot elements on a roller coaster hill. Each challenge should rise the stakes of your story. If it doesn't, rethink it. With each click of the roller coaster (each scene), tension should build. Anxiety should heighten towards the drop (the climax) that rushes to the ending. Most elements around in your plot. Does it make the tension greater? What can you take out? What can you add to increase the thrill of the ride?
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