Fixing Plot holes.
Plot holes are those gaping voids in short stories, novels, and basically in every piece of literature which leaves you clutching your head in confusion and disdain. The inconsistency and lack of progression in a storyline are appalling for everyone, readers tend to get disinterested and frustrated by the lack of cohesion and illogical sequences in the plot. Much better known as ‘loopholes’, these villainous aspects of writing are a hindrance in producing the perfect piece of literature.
In order to eradicate plot holes in your story, we have the perfect insight for you.
1. Recheck your draft
The first and foremost thing you need to do after you are done writing is to reread. Examine and analyze your paper and go over it multiple times, forget that you are the author, and read it as a nomad. Take notes and underline the text you find suspicious of contributing to the lack of continuity in your story and ensure that you’re totally unbiased and neutral as these mistakes, if not solved, could ruin your piece of writing.
In order to refine your text, what you will need to do is write out a simplified version of your plot. It should be concise and easy to understand, similar to the outline you wrote before penning down your story. Essentially, it is a list of all the events that unfold in your story. A totally irrelevant but somehow, an enlightening example to make you understand better how this works is of computer programs, which are divided into subprograms or subroutines in order to chop down the process into comprehensible bits for the operating system. So, to make things easier whilst writing, you need to organize your overview into plots and subplots because if your story is overly complicated and cluttered with unnecessary ideas, this could pose a serious problem too.
Once you’ve laid out the basics of your plot before you, it’s time to scrutinize it. You need to chalk up these questions in your mind and see for yourself:
Does the plot actually make sense?
– Does it flow logically from one event to another?
– Are there any gaps or leaps that could be construed as plot holes?
– Do any aspects of your plot contradict each other?
– Is every question asked throughout your novel eventually answered?
– Are your characters’ actions happening simply because they need to for the plot to unfold as you’ve imagined it? Or is there a sound, logical reasons behind every event?
Stripping your plot back to its basics can help you find issues you may not have been aware of before.
3. Build an Index
You might be thinking: I am not writing a science textbook, so why in the world do I need to include an index?
Well, you don’t need to include it in your story but keep a rough paper or register at your side and make a list of the characters and minute details. It will be akin to a glossary in the back of your 5th-grade science textbook which you despised but, your index will serve a purpose. What you need to do is; write your character’s name and include every detail and characteristic, for example:
– Rudimentary details such as names, ages, and physical descriptions
– Aspects of backstory that might affect the plot or the character’s portrayal
– Key personality traits and quirks
– Basic character role in the story
The next highlight is, World-building.
– Places visited or mentioned throughout the story
– Cultural aspects such as religion, societal structures, food and drink
– Power structures
Once you’ve written your glossaries, cross-check them with your novel. This means going through each and every page and ensuring consistency every time a character appears or a world-building aspect is mentioned.
The more impermeable your characters and world, the less likely it is that plot holes will come up.