When I was a third grader my small town school cafeteria served food with a ladle on a plastic tray. As a pastor’s daughter I wasn’t used to fine cuisine, but there were some menu items that were just WRONG!
My least favorite was the shredded grass mound that ran with green juice and smelled of my dad’s lawn mower.
Spinach. If you could call it that. Since, I have never found spinach to look so disgusting, but the visual image in my mind . . . not even Popeye could convince me to eat it.
Yes, it’s healthy. Served normal, it probably tastes okay. But my third grade year ruined it for me. For. Life.
That spinach lacked a little bitty thing called appeal. The thing that makes one reach for more. That’s what we want in our plot. Appeal.
5 Tips To Make Your Plot More Appealing:
1. Create some unexpected moments. Readers thrive on the unpredictable.
2. Create Unexpected richness. Add interesting setting or some information that lets your reader learn something or experience something more personally.
3. Have A Major Plot Event Every 50 pages. This is a tip that I learned from Susan May Warren at a My Book Therapy Retreat. You’ve got to avoid middle sag and major plot events can help you do this.
4. Have A Twist Or Surprise No Matter How Slight On The Alternating 25 Pages. This is something that I choose to do because I find that it keeps the reader curious and wondering what direction the story will go.
5. Escalate the conflict in your novel to keep the tension growing. Each thing is going to make it worse for your character. Be careful not to land the black moment in the middle and the small struggle at the end. You want your character’s difficulty level to climb like a mountain.
What was your least favorite food as a child? Or What appeals to you in a novel’s plot?