5 Tips To Filling Plot Holes – It Happened On The Way To The Middle

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Did you know that the hole in the middle of a doughnut was invented by a teenager? Seriously, why does that surprise us? Teenagers like things different than they are, if just to be obstinate sometimes.

In 1847, a sixteen-year-old-sailor was claimed to have invented the hole in the middle of a doughnut. Hanson Gregory was tired of biting into the middle of the doughnut and finding it under-cooked and greasy. He began cutting the middle out of his doughnuts.

When he came back from sailing, he told his mother about the recipe. The rest is history. After all, what mom doesn’t try to make her son’s food his favorite way?

The doughnut hole turned out to be a pretty good idea, but plot holes? That is an entirely different story. Plot holes can get a manuscript turned away quicker than you can say, “Doughnut.”

5 Tips To Filling Plot Holes:

1. Read each character’s POV scenes at one time, excluding all other POV scenes. This will tell you if their character journey has any plot holes. To find out more about character journey check out the archives at My Book Therapy.

2. Make a story timeline or grid of some kind. This is valuable even for the pantser because you can use it as a tool to help you in editing scenes. Once you have this timeline you can look to see if the progression of the plot makes sense. Some writer’s find Scrivner helpful for this type of activity.

3. Analyze your timeline to determine if all of the elements of Story Spine or Structure are there. (I’ve linked this to a fabulous chat with Susan May Warren’s My Book Therapy where I’ve learned a lot of what I know about story structure.)

4. As you complete steps one through three, make a detailed list of things that need to be addressed. Don’t stop at that moment to fix each one, or you might miss the benefit of doing an overall read. After you have finished each component you can go back and do the edits. You may find that some of the holes in your plot overlap.

5. Get a fresh reader to read through your book before submitting it to make sure nothing is confusing. Sometimes we get so close to our stories that we can’t see them anymore. It is often helpful to have someone new look at it.

I’m off to have a glazed doughnut. What is your favorite kind of doughnut?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

10 thoughts on “5 Tips To Filling Plot Holes – It Happened On The Way To The Middle

  1. dtopliff says:

    Fascinating and high-calorie advice.

  2. JaniceG says:

    My favorite doughnut is one without calories, LOL! Like the virtual ones in your visual with this post. Actually, I like both original Krispy Kreme and also Dunkin Doughnuts chocolate cake-like glazed. My dad use to bring those DD’s home when I was a teenager and he had a barbershop across the street from the DD.

    Thanks for the great writing advice.

  3. Great tips, Michelle! I never thought about reading through only one character’s POV scenes in a row. Brilliant.

    As for doughnuts, I have to say classic glazed is my choice, unless I’m going to Dunkin Donuts…then it’s a blueberry cake donut. Yum!

  4. jeannemt says:

    Fabulous tips, as always, Michelle. Love the donuts. Since I can only eat virtual ones, I go for a chocolate covered eclair. 🙂

  5. Melissa Tagg says:

    Yeah, I’m definitely a classic, glazed donut kind of girl. Mmm…my mom used to make homemade donuts on camping trips…that was the best!

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