August 19, 2013
Today’s Writers’ Tips
Continuing our study of fiction plots, we’ll look at plot number 3 today: PURSUIT. We’ve all read books or watched movies in which someone was chasing someone else or something (an animal, hidden treasure, or even a dream), and we bit our nails and sat on the edge of our seats, wondering if our hero or heroine would ever reach the “unreachable star.”
Well, there’s a trick to writing such suspense. So let’s take a look at the defining characteristics of a Pursuit Fiction Plot:
PLOT # 3
1. The first dramatic phase of the story should have three stages:
a) the ground rules for the chase
b) the stakes involve
c) the race should begin with a motivating incident
2. In the pursuit plot, the chase is more important than the people who take part in it.
3. There has to be a real danger of the pursued getting caught.
4 .The main character (the one pursuing) should have a fairly good chance of catching the pursued. He might even catch the pursued momentarily, only to have the pursued escape.
5. This plot is filled with physical action.
6. The story and your characters must be stimulating, engaging, and unique.
7. The main characters and situations should be against type in order to avoid clichés.
8. Keep the situation in one location as much as possible because the smaller the area for the chase, the greater the tension.
Are you ready to tackle a “pursuit” fiction plot? Use these guidelines, and you might have the next best seller in that subgenre. So, get your “chaser” and “chasey” out of their boxes and go for it!
ALL INFORMATION COMPLIMENTS OF
Tobias, Ronald B (2011-12-15). 20 Master Plots (p. 189). F+W Media, Inc. Kindle Edition.
Next time, we’ll have a look at PLOT #4: RESCUE