The Story Journey: Where  Character and Plot Meet

What's the story journey? It's the basis of the story, the fundamental element that determines everything else. And each story, like our own life journeys, is a unique combination of elements.

In my articles, my books, my newsletters, my courses, and my coaching, I'll help you discover the uniqueness of your own story-- and develop it through your character journeys and plot events.

The Character Journey: Braiding the Character with the Plot

Today, I’d like to talk about one powerful way to shape your plot—around the character journey. This will make you more productive because you will have this major plot theme in mind as you design scenes. How does this event further the character’s journey? will be the question you keep in mind as you plot the scenes!

If you think of the plot as the protagonist's journey, you can overcome a lot of the Fear of Plotting. So let’s talk about the journey, and then connect it to the parts of the plot.   


Think of the plot as the journey of this character to a new place in life... to some growth or change or understanding. In most popular fiction, this journey will be towards something more positive-- she will be a better person in the end than she was in the beginning.(In a tragedy, it will be from good to bad, or bad to worse, as with Hamlet.) Read more!

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Sneaky Plotting Problems: The Top 10 Countdown (FREE)

Problem #10: Backstory Blunders

The past is prologue, for sure, but you can tell too much too soon dragging your plot down, if everything about the characters' past is explained right upfront in Chapter One.

Problem # 9: Boring Beginnings

If you have to rely on your readers’ patience while you get the story set up, you’re likely to lose most of them. Start where the protagonist’s problem starts, or just before that, and feed in the backstory later. This is the MTV era– people don’t like to wait.

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Five Bad Habits of Good Writers

1. Bad habit: Thinking that you have only one book in you. Many writers start out because they want to tell one particular story, a story that’s been inside them for a long time. They write that story in a white heat, and then… then what? Are they done being a writer now that they’ve written that one book? No. ]

f you have one book in you, you have more than one book in you. In fact, now that you’ve gotten this story down, the story that has preoccupied you for years, you might find that you’re liberated now to invent new stories. And you’ve learned something about your writing process and about the structure of a story that will help you when sheer inspiration fails. (And besides, you can always write a sequel to Book #1. Did the Harry Potter series end after his first year at Hogwarts? 🙂  Other bad habits? Read more here!