For several months now I’ve been trying to define a plot line for a new novel I’m working on dealing with the United Nations. I have a beginning, and end and one or two middle events – but no path, just a collection. Like building a brick wall, I’m building brick equivalents. I needed a plan. What will this wall (story) look like. From this I can build it.
Some time ago I read a treatise on plot development that caught my eye. The writer had suggested that when a problem such as mine emerges, consider the reverse approach – start at the end and work backward being careful to fit in all the sub-plot elements. Sounds clumsy since I’m accustomed to following a plan or blueprint, but I’ve tried it and so far it seems to be unlocking the mental block that has frustrated me for some time. Should you find yourself in a similar quandry, give this “backward” approach a try.