Plot: how to build short stories and novels that don’t sag, fizzle, or trail off…

By Ansen Dibell - Plot (Elements of Fiction Writing) (1988-08-30) [Hardcover]

Meh. Started out strong with some useful tips but the pressure of having to fill 100+ pages overwhelmed him.

  • Cause and effect make up plot.
  • Effective plots: struggle, conflict, dissatisfaction, aspiration, and choice.
  • You can create movement by shifting between perspectives
  • Exposition can come via inner monologue, omniscient narrator between scenes, dialogue, or via props (a card from a child lets you know that the woman is a mother, etc.)