Plot Your Main Story First – What Does Your Story Need?
We’ve talked about plotting. Plot your novel first. Now look at what your plot needs for contrast to the main story. Shakespeare created comic characters for contrast in his tragedies, so if your main story is grim, you might create a subplot which adds a little humor.
For example, let’s say you’re writing a romance novel. It’s a “second chance at love” story. Your heroine’s sworn off men. Her marriage was a disaster. Her ex left her emotionally and financially wrecked. She’s just lost her job. The last thing she’s thinking about is romance. But she’s met a man who excites her. However, he has problems too. He’s dealing with a clinging, neurotic ex, and has as teenage daughter, who resents our heroine.