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As many of the readers know, I write in multiple genres of fiction as well as nonfiction. Therefore, it only goes to reason I have attended workshops, conferences, enrolled in extensions classes, and networked with other authors to discuss the topic of story structure.
So many ideas, so many strong opinions, but no fail-proof map to success. What I have discovered is that many authors (Note: my personal findings only), agree that there are thirteen basic plots.
The following are common plot motivations that have appeared in written literature for centuries. Of course, more than one of these plot motivators may exist side-by-side, affecting the story. Take your story idea, add one or more of these motivators to it, and, so I’ve been assured, you’ll have a plot and a storyline.
- Love and Hate
- The Chase
- The Quest
- Grief and Loss
- Criminal Action/Murder
- Making Amends
- Mistaken Identity
- Misplaced Affection (or unnatural if it is a human and supernatural being)