Lesson 1: Plots

Lesson 1: Plots

A Lesson by Robby DeLuca

This lesson delves into the vastly challenging segment of storytelling that is the plot.


The plot of a story is what makes the story go. In truth, the plot is the central focus of any kind of story, but this fact is especially so within the action genre. The plot in an action story is to bridge every little bit of action and make the action make sense. This is where all books begin, but action writers have to go further than most others, mostly because an action writer has to create a plot that holds strong meaning to what you want to say, but still can create suspense so that the reader is gripped by the plot and they continue to read your books. The first example I will give of the action genre that probably is, in my opinion, the best modern example of the action books. The Mortal Instruments has some of the best characters to use as an example for a minor character driven story, which is a story that mostly focuses on all the characters and their current struggles. The best way to do these stories is in the third person, so that you can get all the characters to come into perspective. This kind of story is amazing for any kind of action writer who wants to add story to the butt-kicking action that takes place within their book. This is also really good for writers who want to make the book take the scope of a war. Both of these styles of writing are used in The Mortal Instruments, which makes it a perfect example of the minor character driven story. The main characters who appear are Clarissa "Clary" Fray, who is the person that most of the story takes place around. Next we have Simon Lewis, who is Clary's geeky best friend who is accidentally turned into a vampire. Finally we have Jace Herondale/Morganstern/Lightwood, who is Clary's boyfriend and resident a*****e of the Conclave's Institute. These characters are the ones who play the most important roles in the book. But then there is the mental struggle of Alec Lightwood, who is secretly gay, and his wanting a relationship with Magnus Bane, the head warlock of New York. Another good supporting character is the first main villain, Valentine Morganstern, Clary's father, and for a while, supposedly Jace's father. That makes for some good storytelling, mostly because the characters are interesting, and all of them play an important role in the story, no matter if they're supporting cast, or the main characters. This book is a very good example of writing in the third person to achieve the desired effect of an amazing action book.
The next kind of story we are talking about is the major character driven story. These kinds of stories tend to be written in the first person, such as the ever popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. These books exemplify the action genre, mostly because it is a well told story, but only from the point of view of a single character. There are certain advantages to using this type of writing, but there are also disadvantages. The advantages are that limited knowledge of what is going on tends to create more suspense in the story, and it also allows the author to use more of a sense of humor, as shown in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. The humor is evident when you first open the book and read the name of the first chapter. The disadvantages are that the reader is only seeing a single person's opinion instead of just one. This is why it is best to choose your story's point of view wisely, lest you make a terrible mistake that could wind up destroying the premise of the book.
The best way to decide the way the story is told is to choose your plot. If you want humor to be more common, use the major character driven story, but if you want it to be descriptive and give more plot, use the minor character driven story.


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Robby DeLuca
Robby DeLuca

Sophia, WV

I am a 17 year old writer from West Virginia, trying to get more fans around here, and to let other writers read my work. Thank you for reading my stuff! If you like what you see here, check out my st..