It’s as if it were an contest to see who will win, the manufacturer, the parent, or the directions in another language. Talk about complicated.
Thankfully, my hubby is brilliant with assembly or my children would be destined to go through life with toys that require no assembly.
When my husband gets done putting it together, I just sit back and shake my head. How can something so complicated look so simple?
Writing our books we could learn a few things from the manufacturer of toys. How to make things complicated in a simple sort of way.
Sometimes our plots are too straight forward. They lack ingenuity and are highly predictable. Yet, readers crave unpredictable plots because they want to be surprised.
5 Tips To Make Your Plot More Complex:
1. Weaving Threads. Take a simple ending and pull backwards and outwards to create threads that all weave together. Make 4 unseemingly related crimes thread back to one criminal. Make 3 characters who avoid one another end up in the same room at the end. A great example of using threads is in Brandilyn Collins book Gone To Ground.
2. Add an Unexpected Villain. In all genres we can create a villain that stands in the way of our characters and makes it difficult for them to reach their goal. It makes the character’s life complicated and provides opportunity for the unpredictable.
3. Add Deeper POV Scenes For Your Characters. Add layers to your characters and richness to the plot. Tips can be found in Susan May Warren’s Deep And Wide and Jill Elizabeth Nelson’s Rivet Your Readers With Deep Point of View.
4. Create A Diversion To The Truth. If you are solving a crime, have the body originate from a different place not just moved in the trunk of a car. If you are writing a love story, distract them from their time together with something else that complicates the plot like a sick family member, a run away sibling, etc.
5. Add A Subplot. This works in longer length novels, but not shorter ones. Add a subplot that strengthens the main plot and feeds back into it. This can deepen the spiritual thread and open the door for supporting characters to add flavor to your novel.
What are some ways you use to make your plot more complex? OR What trick have your seen an author use that you are reading?