Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Mary Anne, and Wesley
What makes a plot a subplot? Must subplots and main plots be linked by something more binding than the actual binding of the book?
In this episode we answer these questions, and ask and answer plenty more.
Credits: This episode was recorded in Chicago by Andrew Twiss, and mastered by Alex Jackson
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Consider the following four things – environment, characters, disruptions of status quo, and questions, and which one of these is driving your main plot. Now ask which of the remaining three can contain a disaster that drives a subplot. Write that bit.
Survivor edited by Mary Anne Mohanraj and JJ Pionke (coming soon from Lethe Press)
Side quests come in a couple of forms — they may be something inside the book that takes the characters away from the main plotline, or they may be adventures that take place outside of the book itself.
We talk about the first type, and how to make sure they’re in the book for the right reasons, citing examples from The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit, Redshirts, The Way of Kings, and The Hollow City among other stories.
In covering the second type, we talk about how ebooks have made ancillary, side-quest releases more common, and we cite the book trailers for the Partials series, the Glamourist Histories Christmas Stories, Steelheart, and the Schlock Mercenary Bonus Stories.
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Create a story in which you have an incredibly powerful character, and a sidekick, then flip the relationship so the sidekick is in charge.