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How to Create a Plot for Your Character

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How to Create a Plot for Your Character

Post  techee on Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:15 pm

In this guide, I will explain the basics for making a plot. In particular, a plot for your character. This guide is useful for your character's mini events, which is usually the time between major events.

The basic structure of a plot is as followed: Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.

Exposition
The exposition is simply how your event is set up. It offers all the character's initial motives and plans. It is also the background of the event.

Rising Action
The rising action are the events that leads up to the major event, climax, of your event. There's usually around two to three events that shape your event. They help create build the tension in there.

Climax
The climax is the highest point of your event. This is usually some sort of conflict that the character faces and has to overcome.

Falling Action
The falling action is how that conflict is solved. The character might have to face against someone or will have to solve the issue. It is the moments where the character has a light bulb flick in their head (the aha moment).

Resolution
The resolution is the equilibrium. This is how the event returns to some sort of normalcy. At this point, the character learns something about themselves that they may or may not know, whether if it's something inside them or knowledge on how to face something similar.

Other Notes
A good story requires characters that your own character will interact with. Planning this out ahead of time will create less work when your event starts. It's good to have a small cast; this includes a friend/partner, team mates, and/or a villain. In this way, you can become flexible when characters not part of the event comes in.

It also needs places. Without set places, it too can be hard. These events must have a purpose to your character. It can either be a personal space, a public space, a necessary space, or a space with some sort of sentimental reason.

In all, I advise against improvising your character's event. Some of the best and well known events in any RP are planned ahead of time and executed quite well.
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Re: How to Create a Plot for Your Character

Post  Kyra_Xyrespace on Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:07 am

Excellent guide Techee. I can't wait to see some of the ideas that pop up using this formula

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