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Thompson On...Subplots in Novels!
3/13/2012 6:34:41 PM
How to use subplots to your advantage in crafting a novel!
Have you ever driven down one of those winding backwood roads in a rural area and couldn't figure out how to get back to the main highway? Well, that is the feeling a reader gets when they read your novel and get lost in a tangling subplot.

Your goal as an author is to create a little depth to your novel, maybe a little suspense, but not take away from your main plot and pull your reader out of the "Fictive Dream" you worked so hard to create in the reader's mind.

What is a subplot?

***A subplot is a secondary plot strant that is supporting a side story for any story or main plot. Subplots may connect to main plots, in either time and place or in themeatic signaficance. Subplots often involve supporting characters, those besides the protagonist or antagonist.

***Subplots are distinguished from the main plot by taking up less of hte action, having less significant events occur, with less impact on the book. Novels comment on one thing from multiple perspectives and with side trips her eand there: This means subplots.

In a novel, you can take a side trip to give extensive back story or other reasons. However, the subplot isn't a side trip, it's a set of cohesive actions with its own main characters, goals, sebacks and resolutions.

Subplots are a sequence of events that parallels themai plot; it can closely resemble the main plot or it can diverge in significant ways in order to highlight themain plot.

For example from my first novel, A Brownstone in Brooklyn, Jesse Towns and the possible horrific selling of the brownstone without the tenants knowledge was an early subplot. This subplot lasted the first seven chapters, but it impacted the thematic development of the rest of the novel.

The Key for all subplots!

1. They relate to the main plot and inersect with it in some way.

2. Don't swamp the main plot line with subplots. They must advance the story and show complexities in your characters.

Ideas for Subplots!

1. The main character can have more than one goal, usually relating to the main goal in some way.

2. Romantic subplots are common.

3. Secondary character's concern and goal. One of the other characters is the hero of his/her own plot/?

As you craft your novel, your objective is to pick and choose when to use subplots to add depth and possible suspense to your book. Subplots are most effective in the middle of a novel as the reader moves toward the climatic ending.

Keep your readers on the main Highway, but don't be afraid to make a detour to show a little extra scenery, fight some incredible battles and meet some new and interesting characters.

Happy Writing!!!

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• Purple Phantoms' Debut Labor Day Weekend at AJC-Decatur Book Festival! - Friday, September 07, 2012
• Purchase Purple Phantoms - Friday, August 24, 2012
• Thompson On...National Radio "Author Talk" Interview! - Sunday, June 10, 2012
• Thompson On...Mary Gilmartin's Debut Novel Book Signing! - Saturday, June 02, 2012
• Thompson On...Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You1 - Thursday, May 17, 2012
• Julius Thompson Enrolled in the Digitial Revolution! - Tuesday, May 08, 2012
• How I reached the writing of my fifth novel: Chasing The Wind - Friday, May 04, 2012
• Julius Thompson on Julia Widdop National BlogTV Show! - Friday, April 13, 2012
• Thompson On...One Writer's Journey to Become a Successful Novelist! - Sunday, April 01, 2012
• Thompon On...Choosing a Point of View in a Novel! - Tuesday, March 20, 2012
•  Thompson On...Subplots in Novels! - Tuesday, March 13, 2012  
• Do You Have A Mobile Website? - Monday, December 26, 2011
• Purple Phantoms: Young Adult Novel! - Sunday, December 18, 2011
• Julius Thompson Teen Read Week 2011 Presentation! - Monday, October 17, 2011
• Julius Thompson with Brooklyn Icons! - Thursday, September 22, 2011
• My Birthday Television Interview! - Saturday, September 10, 2011
• The Author's Life: Marketing, Marketing and more Marketing! - Saturday, August 20, 2011
• Is finding a literary agent an impossible dream? - Thursday, August 11, 2011
• Novel Writing: The Setting! - Saturday, August 06, 2011
• Goodbye Borders! - Friday, August 05, 2011
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