Essentially and most simply put, plot is what the characters do to deal with the situation they are in. It is a logical sequence of events that grow from an initial incident that alters the status quo of the characters.” – Elizabeth George
I was in a discussion yesterday with another writer about how to set up a plot, and essentially we both agreed that whatever devices work best to advance the story while staying within the boundaries first set for the story best sets the plot. So I came home and searched for Elizabeth George, who develops a plot as well as – if not better than – any writer in any genre. Hers, of course, is in the mystery world, and in particular revolves around her Inspector Lynley.
I’ve heard through the grapevine that she’s exploring a series of books for Young Adults, and I hope that is true, because developing stories that will bring in the next generation of readers is crucial to the writing world. I can think of few other writers today who I’d put at the forefront of tackling such a task.
I highly commend to you any of her books, especially to those seeking ideas on how a plot can cleverly draw readers along a path that you've set up for them. And, happy writing!
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