- Identify the problem
- Recognise the cause of problem
- Find a plausible solution to the problem
- Does the solution cause a further problem in the story? If so, rethink the solution until it no longer affects the rest of the plot line.
- Is the solution satisfactory and plausible
It can’t be stressed enough that to avoid tumbling from the invisible path that writers create for themselves, it’s wise to plan out your plot, from start to finish, together with a chapter outline. This should cover key incidents/scenes, subplots, story arc, themes and turning points etc. The idea behind plotting is to make them as water-tight as possible, so anything that seems strange or implausible might cause the plot to wobble.