The most interesting characters in the world cannot save a piece of fiction with no plot. Readers expect a series of events to unfold that draw them along, with the stakes consistently rising as the story moves towards the climax. In some types of fiction, the expectations for the narrative arc are built into the genre norms. A detective story will have a crime that needs to be solved. A romance will have a relationship that needs to be developed. Other types of fiction may have less predetermined plot expectations, however the writer’s burden remains the same: how do I create a series of events that feels authentic for my characters and engaging for the reader?
Participating in this seminar will give writers a set of tools to use when they are plotting narrative arcs to keep readers up past their bedtimes.