September 2, 2013
Today’s Writers’ Tips
Continuing our study of fiction plots, we’ll look at plot number 4 today: RESCUE. Who hasn’t been on the edge of his seat as a child when reading books or watching movies on TV like “Snow White,” “The Secret Garden,” or “The Lone Ranger” (He was always “rescuing good guys from the bad guys!) But now as a writer, we need to analyze the clever writing technique used to create a work that keeps the viewer wanting more as the hero or heroine search and rescue some poor lost wandering soul (or sometimes an animal).
Let’s take a look at the defining characteristics of a Rescue Fiction Plot:
The Magnificent Seven
1. The rescue plot relies more on action than on the development of any one character.
2. The “character triangle” should consist of a hero, a villain, and a victim.
3. The moral argument of the rescue plot is usually black and white.
4. The focus should be on the main character’s (hero’s) pursuit of the villain.
5. The hero usually must contend with the villain on the villain’s turf.
6. If there’s a heroine, she should be defined by her relationship to the villain.
7. The villain should deprive the hero of what each believes is rightfully his/hers.
8. The villain continually interferes with the hero’s progress.
9. The victim is generally the weakest of the three characters and serves mainly to force the hero to confront the villain.
10. There are three dramatic phases: separation, pursuit, and confrontation and reunion.
All information compliments of:
Tobias, Ronald B (2011-12-15). 20 Master Plots (p. 189). F+W Media, Inc. Kindle Edition.
(I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in writing good fiction in any subgenre!)
I hope as you outline your fiction plots, you can better define which plot you’re developing and better understand how to incorporate many of these characteristics to improve your writing 100%.
Next time, we’ll have a look at PLOT #5: ESCAPE