Plot springs from characters in conflict. Readers emotionally connect and turn the pages of your story more quickly when reading scenes with tension, conflict, suspense and that create curiosity and pose the question — will she or won’t she succeed? This is true for every genre and especially so with middle grade and young adult novels. Plot middle grade and young adult novels to emotionally engage your readers. The more emotionally invested your readers are in your characters, the greater the chances they become fans.
Apply a character emotional transformational plot, dramatic action plot and thematic significance plot to the energy of the Universal Story and create your unique project.
MG and YA PLOT
Make protagonist’s flaw interfere with reaching her goal and establish in scene #1
Generate fluctuating emotion in every scene
Yes to a protagonist changing & transforming and becoming more emotionally mature
Assign protagonist’s goal the day before story begins and establish in scene #1
Pre-plot the 4 Energetic Markers as soon as possible
Locate the emotional moment in your story
Open your story with a character minus the skills, strengths and abilities needed at climax
Turn episodic events into scenes with cause and effect
Find more plot tips for Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels:
The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master uses examples from Middle Grade, Young Adult and Adult novels to demonstrate how to develop multiple scenes and plots and create the structure for stories, explains plot concepts and what it takes to write a story from beginning to end.
The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories is the second book in the Plot Whisperer series and companion workbook for The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master. This writing workbook covers everything from constructing spirited action and compelling characters to establishing an unforgettable ending using examples from Middle Grade, Young Adult and Adult novels. Develop a successful narrative though a series of exercises.