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Good roleplayers study and review the entire literature to perform better in their plots.
Trolls don’t study.
We often wonder what makes a book fail and most of the time it comes down to the plot. There are certain things you must do to make sure your plot comes together. Nothing I can tell you will be a sure fix, but I think these suggestions will help improve your overall story and the way you plot in the future. I think every writer, at one point or another, will make these mistakes continue to do so unless they realize what needs to change. If you can’t pinpoint what the problem with your story is, it might be one of these things.
-Your story has weak conflict. If you finish writing and realize that the main conflict of your story wasn’t even important to your character at all, that’s a massive problem. There has to be conflict and there must be something standing in your main character’s way. If you character has a goal (which he or she should) it must be something he or she wants so badly that they’d sacrifice everything for it. Whether or not they do sacrifice everything is up to you.
-Your characters don’t change or grow by the end of the novel. Obviously this growth can’t happen just on the final page, so you must lead up to it. The characters must learn something and change because of it. The reader must also be able to understand why the character changed or grew, so it’s something you must build up to throughout your work.
-Your readers should walk away with some sort of satisfaction. This includes staying away from weak endings, such as “it was all a dream” or “your main character was crazy all along and was imagining everything”. If the ending is too predictable, your readers will feel cheated and won’t even care about your character’s journey.
-Try not to preach. Young adult readers understand when you’re talking down to them and telling them what they should or should not do. You can write a story with a message, but don’t beat people over the head with it. You might have personal statements to get across and important things you feel like you have to say, but do it in a way that isn’t so obvious. Your readers will get it, believe me. Don’t underestimate their intelligence.
-Always tie up any themes or subplots throughout your novel. I know in series that you’re not going to wrap up everything by the end of book one, but you should tie up the main plot OF THAT BOOK. Think of Harry Potter for example. Each book has a specific subplot, a goal Harry is trying to accomplish, and he always does by the end of it. There’s still the larger plot dealing with Voldemort and what he’s destined to do, but every individual book gets a proper ending. Even books that end with cliff hangers (think The Maze Runner), have a new theme in every book.
If you try to work out these things before you begin writing, it might help you avoid anything like this. Understanding your characters and where they’re going is important. Make sure you develop them properly and figure out where you want them to eventually end up. That will help fix a lot of potential problems.
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