PJ would like me to talk about plots, and how to make them exciting throughout.
I would love to do this, but unfortunately I know very little about plotting. When things get boring in my books, I tend to just throw in some action. Punch someone in the face, drop a rock on them, etc.
This makes for good action scenes, but action is not always plot.
(This is my one original contribution to this discussion: Action is not always plot.)
HOWEVER, as any good customer service person knows, you don't always have to know the answer but you SHOULD know where to go to find it.
And I know just the people you should listen to.
Robert Gregory Browne on How to Seduce your Readers.
(I loved, loved, loved this post. It's helped me so much with pacing and story arc.)
Sarah Rees Brennan on The Trilogy Rule
(Again, some great ideas on pacing over the course of several books. Also helps answer the question "How much plot should go in the first book of a series or possible series?")
And here are a few of Terry Brooks' Ten Rules of Writing Fiction
- The Strength of The Protagonist is Measured by the Threat of the Antagonist
-Movement Equals Growth, Growth Equals Change, Without Change Nothing Happens
And my personal favorite:
- Don't Bore the Reader.
There. Now you all know as much about plotting as I do. Have fun!!