Friday, April 13, 2012
Several ways to create unusual plot lines
Some stories flirt with just a single plot line while others hug more than a few in a single story. The more plot types the better the reader interest.
I feel there are certain motifs or patterns that tend to recur in one form or another throughout world literature. Below, I have listed a number of the most identifiable ones.
Battle with the Monster.
The Voyage and the Return Home.
The Hero hidden as the Monster.
The Divided Self.
The Engagement with the Dark Power
The Fatal Flaw.
The Journey from Rags to Riches.
The Voyage to the Underworld.
Battle between Good and
A Love Story.
The Revenge Drama.
Weakling turned into Superhero.
Entry into a
Encounter with a Strange Creature.
One Man Against Society.
The hallmark of a good story teller is when more than one of the plot types are incorporated into a single story in a seamless way. So far I don’t think I have consciously done that. I have always relied heavily on one kind of a plot. Many writers combine several types of plots and create a new plot or play upon a plot line by giving it a modern twist.
Can you think of more plot patterns? What kind of a plot pattern does your book fall into? Do any stories with several plot lines come to your mind? How do you tackle your own plots? We would love to hear your views.