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Tips for Fixing Plot Holes

Tips for Fixing Plot Holes

  • Rewrite an inconsistency to fit the story. For example, give the suspect who went for a walk in the storm muddy shoes and/or a damp jacket.
  • Make the implausible plausible. If a character is acting out of character, rewrite the scene to fit the character actions and speech with their overall character portrayal and role in the story.
  • Examine the character. What do they want? What is their goal? What is their plan?
  • Rethink the scene or thread. Your first idea is not always the best idea.
  • Brainstorm the scene with what-if questions.
  • Go back to your original outline to check where the story goes off track.
  • Read the story as a reader. What trips you up?


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