Just think of all of the people who do things because, “We’ve always done it this way.” I always laugh when this is said by someone in leadership whose ship is sinking. I just want to say, “And how’s that working for you?”
Change is a good thing sometimes. If you don’t believe me, just ask your manuscript.
There are sometimes when we have an old plot. A plot that has been done over and over or is sagging more than a that tire flat around the waist.
Time to revamp that old plot, into a shiny new one. Here’s How:
*Look for predictable things in your characters, like their career and flip them to be opposite. For example, make the girl the NASCAR driver. Make the man the nurse.
*Add a comic relief character that showcases your character’s personality.
*Add conflict- external or internal.
*Use peripheral plotting to create unexpected twists. (Peripheral plot are things that come in from the outside to change the story. For example, a phone call telling the character that someone has died, needs help, or has been kidnapped.)
*Identify two of your most predictable plot points and change them to be opposite or at least very different.
*Go back and add in richer story world.
*Weave in things that make your characters more unique, more likable.
*Make your reader care. Make sure the stakes (What the character has to lose) you have picked matter to your character and your reader.
*Add a new subplot. (This only works if you are writing a Trade Length novel.)
What are some other tips you have for revamping a dying story?