It’s no big secret that the value of a plot/subplot to a story or book is absolute. It is what holds the labyrinth of the story together, allowing the reader to keep turning the pages. But did you know that you won’t plot every book or story the same way, no matter how many times you do it?
Every story is it’s own and while the skeleton might be similar the plotting, idea jotting and outlining will differ as you grow with your craft.
Every Book has Different Pacing
I have seen many readers claim that certain books are poorly paced. While the problem could lie in the story itself, writers often plot their novels based on how their pacing. A 1500-page book, for instance, will have a slower pace than one that features only 700 pages. In essence, the pacing also affects plotting. In books with much tighter pacing, some subplots or even plots can be axed out to keep the story flowing effortlessly.Did you know you don't plot every book the same way? Learn more from Little Novelist on the blog! Click To Tweet
Every Book has a Different Hook — Are you going for a Stronger or Milder Hook?
Hook, an event or series of events usually tucked in the first chapter, is meant to grip the attention of the reader. It’s twirled with oomph and pizzazz to encourage the reader to keep turning pages. That aside, the hook you are going for can actually change the way you plot your novel. If you are gunning for a movie-esque hook, for example, your plot is highly likely to bring the protagonist to reader’s attention way too early. Same goes for milder hooks that generally want to put the reader in a little suspense.
The Need for Subtext Differs from Book to Book
Unless you consider yourself in the ranks of Stephen King or Ernest Hemmingway, you need to “tell” your readers more than you think – all about locations, scenes, POV characters and so forth. Of course, this process of providing subtext and expositions differ in tandem with plots from book to book. In some instances, you may not even want to give away all the mysteries.
How You Organize Ideas Differs
In order for your plot, story, scenes, characters, and context to fall right in place, you need to keep your book ideas organized. Unfortunately, the level of organization isn’t always the same for all books. When you arrange your thoughts correctly, the plot is undoubtedly going to go as planned.
Plotting a book can also be influenced by other factors such as revisions, choice of characters, and options for sharing the expositions.
Do you find you plot every book differently? Let me know in the comments!