Hello, I’ve returned.
For the last part of this mini-series, I thought I would finish up with some advice on setting and plot.
The main thing I can recommend about time period is to choose the era you’re most comfortable with and knowledgeable about. If you have a hard time picking a time period, pick something that highlights the plot the most, or even something that complicates it. Base your inspiration on what you need for the story.
Of course this depends on the time period you choose, but choosing this first could make time period easier. Do you want a beautiful, nature looking environment? Or would you prefer an apocalyptic wasteland? Which country? Is this setting something you know, or something you’ve never seen before? Even if it’s something you know, research it a little. Go there, or use the internet. The internet has pretty much everything you could need if you would like a picture to look at or some facts you would like to know.
This is more connected to time and location than the other two are to each other. The buildings of the colonial era are far more different than prehistory homes or modern, technology-filled schools. Think about what you need for your story, and look around. You might catch something out there in the real world that would work for what you’re going for.
The plot is something you should have in mind before you begin writing. It will probably change and evolve as you keep adding pages, developing layers on top of layers, but a simple idea is ideal to start. The main things people have used in the past come from the bible and Shakespeare, but that doesn’t mean the only inspirational sources come from there. Use real life events, the news, old texts in the public domain, or anything else really that won’t rob someone of their personal ideas. It’s okay to have a simple plot, it will grow more complex as long as you let it.
For a side plot, or two, definitely make them point at the main plot. Guide back to the main plot. Use your side plots to enhance the main plot. Side plots might grow up to be a duo-plot, but until then, keep it under control. Don’t confuse the reader and lead them down a rabbit hole They most likely will get confused if the plots don’t connect with each other. Don’t confuse the readers by accident, do it on purpose. Make sure side plots connect to the main plot at either the beginning or the end. All inspiration for side plots should come from your main plot.
I hope this was just as helpful as before! Thank you so much for reading, and stick around for another mini-series on Monday!
*Throws confetti to celebrate the end.*