Plants and Payoffs

Story Empire

Craig with you today. My topic is going to be those plants and payoffs we use when writing our stories. This is one of the things an outline can help us with. You’ve seen my post about storyboarding, so you know my outlines aren’t very deep.

There is a certain amount of planning that goes into plants & payoffs. You don’t want them to feel forced. It may not fool someone who reads all the time, but that’s okay. You never want your characters to look at the reader and say, “Stop the action for a bit. You need to know there is a meat cleaver in the kitchen drawer. Trust me, it’s going to be important in a few chapters.”

It may seem basic, but there could be someone out there who doesn’t know what I’m talking about. This involves a situation where an author Plants something in the…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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