As you draft your narrative, keep your central idea in mind and shape the story around it. You may want to use a plot diagram to plan the events leading up to and following the climax of your plot.
MAKING A PLOT DIAGRAM
A plot usually contains the following elements:
Exposition: The characters and settings are introduced as is the central idea -the struggle between characters or the characters and some unseen force.
Rising action: Also called the suspense the tension builds as the central idea slowly comes to light.
Climax: High point of interest in the story, during which one of the forces win and the idea is resolved.
Falling action: The event that immediately follows the climax.
Denouement: This is where loose ends are tied up
THE PLOT SKELETON:
Just so you know, this is the universal plot outline used generally in all the genres of literature around the world. Although this pattern might look cliche but it works and it's known to have consistently evoked emotion in the readers. Bear in mind, that this is just the 'skeleton' of the whole artwork. It's left for you to add flesh around it and make it look lively. That depends on the characters, the resolution, the theme and so much more.
This is an example of a story using this plot diagram.
- Exposition: Ted's parents go away, leaving him alone in the house for the first time
- Rising action: Ted watches some horror movies and then hears a noise. Scared to the bones, he decides to check the basement door. Mysteriously, he gets locked in the basement.
- Climax: Ted's parents arrive home just as Ted panics.
- Falling action: Ted explains to his parents why he was in the basement
- Denouement: Ted realizes that he has learned an important lesson about himself
Using this skeleton as your pivot, get your central idea, and shape a nice story around it.
(P.S: I think that story about Ted would have been me. . . LOL)