Sunday Tweet: The Art of the Subplot 1 & 2

Tweets of the Day:


Today we have a double Sunday Tweet, or its a very long tweet split in the middle. Make of it what you will.

And it is all about subplots.

Enter the definition of:


[suhb-plot] Show IPA


a secondary or subordinate plot,  as in a play, novel, or other literary work; underplot. Compare counterplot ( def. 2 ) .
Or those things that give your story the so called and ever illusive “depth.” If done right that is. Which is what the tweet(s) is all about. I especially like the list of subplots and how the (should) interact with the main plot, because their are few things worse in a book than a subplot that exists just to pad the word count.  This is second only to a cluster of gnarled subplots that stop the action in its tracks of divert us so far away the central plot that you leave the book behind to get yourself a sandwich and never open it again.
What? I have a cold!
Anyway, go check the  posts and see if they enrich your writing.
Good day!
And now for something completely different:

2 comments on “Sunday Tweet: The Art of the Subplot 1 & 2

  1. Thanks for the link! And I agree with what you said. A subplot should grow naturally from the main plot. I’ve read too many books that just had these out of nowhere side stories that added nothing to the novel but dozens of pages.


    • True. And I apologize for the mash up of words in today’s post. Sometimes wordpress gives me the finger and there is nothing I can do to fix it! 😦


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