One thing I see a lot of the forums is how to make a plot. While it’s a simple thing, a lot of new writers can’t get a grip on it. So here goes.
A plot is basically how your character goes from point a to point y at the end of the story. What happens between the two is what is called a plot. The conflicts, and what the character has to overcome, are part of what makes up a plot.
The dictionary definition of plot is:
the main events of a play, novel, movie, or similar work, devised and presented by the writer as an interrelated sequence
Each piece of action is then tied into another one, which helps to make the story move forwards. So, the thing to remember is how to make it tie together.
For example, Ice Station by Matthew Reilly: Someone sees a strange ship sticking out of the ice in an underwater cave before being killed by an unknown animal. Scarecrow and his team of marines are sent to investigate. They then have to fight the French and British Special Forces who want the craft. Then they had to defeat a person from a secret organization in the US government before finding out what the craft is. Then the resolution.
That’s a plot…each piece tied into another to help push things forwards.
I hope this helps out.