For a while now, I’ve had a story nagging to come out and onto paper. Finally, I’ve agreed to its conditions: I write it, and it stops nagging. I’ve got just about everything – characters, subplots, a map. Only thing I don’t have is a plot.
I mean, I know what will happen in the story, just not the overall plot, in one sentence. If you don’t get what I mean, think of Lord of the Rings. The overall goal in one sentence is “Character returns the Ring to Mount Doom”. That’s pretty much what happens in a nutshell. Except, my story doesn’t have one…
I’ve tried to make like a mind map, to help me. Basically:
- King is murdered (or assassinated, I suppose…)
- Why? To send kingdom into chaos
- Why? So enemy (who assassinated him) can take over kingdom.
That’s about as far as I’ve made it. I’ve been wondering why this enemy wants to take over this kingdom (which is very little. There’s a much larger one next door), so I’ve been thinking that perhaps the enemy wants some powerful weapon hidden in the little kingdom, so it can take over the larger kingdom. Or perhaps the enemy just wants a base to attack the larger kingdom. But then, why does the enemy want the larger kingdom??? Please leave your thoughts and suggestions.
Once I have that all done, I can write out the plan, and get writing.