Common Plotting Problems and their Solutions
When The Next Scene Doesn’t Work
The Characters Won’t Cooperate
Solution: An author should always listen to the characters when they speak. They usually are trying to tell something important. The subconscious mind often works in strange ways. When an event feels wrong, the writer shouldn’t be afraid to explore alternatives. Maybe Joe doesn’t die but everyone thinks he’s dead. An alternate course of action, something unexpected, might deepen the plot.