Most stories have the potential for more than one storyline or plot, and that can produce a rich tapestry as long as the threads are chosen well and woven properly.
A basic definition of plot is what happens
in a story, or, more precisely, the main events. The bigger events, whose
impact is usually on the main characters, form the main plot. The lesser events,
whose impact is more on secondary characters, form the subplot, of which there
may be more than one. When revising your story, one question to consider is: Does
the subplot overshadow the plot?
If this is the case, the reason may lie in the strength, or
lack thereof, of the main characters. If so, consider how to strengthen
the main characters. If they’re right for the story as-is, look closer at the
secondary characters. They may be more integral to the overall work than first
appeared. If so, consider changing the balance of characters and storylines. Selecting
new narrative threads can create an entirely new design.
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