Elements of a Great Book – Final Words about the Plot

For the month of December, I decided to discuss the Elements of a Great Book. In the last few blogs, I began an in-depth look at the plot, and this blog will conclude the discussion. I’m spending this much time on the plot because as I read my students’ short stories, I often find their work doesn’t have an action that defines the storyline. I see the same thing as a Judge on the Reedsy website.

It used to be rare to find a book in a bookstore or your library lacking a plot. However, more and more people are self-publishing. There are books available that sometimes have weak stories, flawed characters, and improper grammar and punctuation.

Don’t let that be YOUR book.

An essential key to your plot is the antagonist and their role. Remember: an antagonist doesn’t always have to be a person. The role of the antagonist is simply to cause a problem for your protagonist. Your MC struggles to overcome the stumbling blocks put in their way by the antagonist. So – it could be the weather, an idea, or an issue in the world.

Ultimately, the introduction of your antagonist coincides with the inciting event and opening of the plot.

It is also essential to link the setting of your story to the plot. Using the background to advance the plot and keep the story moving will tie all the significant book elements together.

Next time, we will begin a discussion on the characters in a story. They are another critical element of a great book or story. 

Until then,

~Mustang Patty~

Published by Mustang Patty

I am finally a full-time author, who writes legal thrillers, how-to- books, short stories, flash fiction, a tiny bit of poetry, and Blog posts. My published works include 'Guilty until Proven Innocent,' 'Innocent for the Moment,' and 'Moment by Moment.' This is a trilogy called the Jill Adair Series. Additionally, I've written a collection of short stories about my dogs, Howie and Bernie - with a 2nd Collection coming in late 2021. I'm also coordinating an Anthology of Short Stories called, '2021 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology.' This book will be available on Amazon.com on August 1st of 2021. (The 2020 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology is currently available on Amazon.com - the collection includes 30 stories, written by 18 different Authors from three continents.) I am married to my wonderful hubby of over 37 years, and I have two grown children, named Heather and Gregory. I've been blessed with two beautiful grandbabies, Heather Rose and Logan Ernest.

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