on Fiction University:
When I ask writers what they struggle with the most, plot is often at the top of the list. Here are some tips to make plotting easier.
Despite their challenges, plots are really simple things to create (no, really,). A plot is just the events that make up your story. It’s what happens in the novel, and what the characters do.
Now the hard part, and the part writers often struggle with, is crafting a good plot. Because plotting is easy, but plotting in a way that best serves your story is much harder. You can’t just have “stuff” happening–all that “stuff” has to have a point and tell the story you want to tell, in the way you want to tell it.
This is why the same story can be told a million different ways, because the plot can always be different.