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20 Basic Plots


1. QUEST – the plot involves the Protagonist’s search for a
person, place or thing, tangible or intangible (but must be
quantifiable, so think of this as a noun; i.e., immortality).

2. ADVENTURE – this plot involves the Protagonist going in search
of their fortune, and since fortune is never found at home, the
Protagonist goes to search for it somewhere over the rainbow.

3. PURSUIT – this plot literally involves hide-and-seek, one person chasing another.

4. RESCUE – this plot involves the Protagonist searching for
someone or something, usually consisting of three main characters – the
Protagonist, the Victim & the Antagonist.

5. ESCAPE – plot involves a Protagonist confined against their
will who wants to escape (does not include some one trying to escape
their personal demons).

6. REVENGE – retaliation by Protagonist or Antagonist against the other for real or imagined injury.

7. THE RIDDLE – plot involves the Protagonist’s search for clues
to find the hidden meaning of something in question that is deliberately
enigmatic or ambiguous.

8. RIVALRY – plot involves Protagonist competing for same object or goal as another person (their rival).

9. UNDERDOG – plot involves a Protagonist competing for an object
or goal that is at a great disadvantage and is faced with overwhelming

10. TEMPTATION – plot involves a Protagonist that for one reason
or another is induced or persuaded to do something that is unwise, wrong
or immoral.

11. METAMORPHOSIS – this plot involves the physical
characteristics of the Protagonist actually changing from one form to
another (reflecting their inner psychological identity).

12. TRANSFORMATION – plot involves the process of change in the
Protagonist as they journey through a stage of life that moves them from
one significant character state to another.

13. MATURATION – plot involves the Protagonist facing a problem
that is part of growing up, and from dealing with it, emerging into a
state of adulthood (going from innocence to experience).

14. LOVE – plot involves the Protagonist overcoming the obstacles to love that keeps them from consummating (engaging in) true love.

15. FORBIDDEN LOVE – plot involves Protagonist(s) overcoming
obstacles created by social mores and taboos to consummate their
relationship (and sometimes finding it at too high a price to live

16. SACRIFICE – plot involves the Protagonist taking action(s)
that is motivated by a higher purpose (concept) such as love, honor,
charity or for the sake of humanity.

17. DISCOVERY – plot that is the most character-centered of all,
involves the Protagonist having to overcome an upheavel(s) in their
life, and thereby discovering something important (and buried) within
them a better understanding of life (i.e., better appreciation of their
life, a clearer purpose in their life, etc.)

18. WRETCHED EXCESS – plot involves a Protagonist who, either by
choice or by accident, pushes the limits of acceptable behavior to the
extreme and is forced to deal with the consequences (generally deals
with the psychological decline of the character).

19. ASCENSION – rags-to-riches plot deals with the rise (success)
of Protagonist due to a dominating character trait that helps them to

20. DECISION – riches-to-rags plot deals with the fall
(destruction) of Protagonist due to dominating character trait that
eventually destroys their success.

by Pavel Simakov

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Hi! I’ve been itching to write an exploratory fic on Jotunheim culture and society that deviates from the majority of what I’ve seen in fandom so far, and obviously this would be including Loki in a major fashion. The only problem is, I’m not so sure there would be much interest? You’re one of the high lords of worldbuilding, I feel, so I just wanted to ask your opinion on the matter and if you have any tips for creating a believable atmosphere. Thanks! <3


Oh wow! Thank you so much for the compliment. (High lord of world building? Dude.)

First, apologies for not responding to this sooner; Tumblr never notified me when the message was sent the first time. Damn thing.

Second. Um. First and foremost, WRITE THE FIC. There will be interest. People seem to really appreciate my stories because of the worldbuilding, and Jotunheim is like a free playground just waiting for people to come and fill it up with their ideas.

The biggest thing that I’ve found for worldbuilding is that you don’t need a whole lot of huge sweeping massive stuff, necessarily, though that’s certainly helpful to have in the back of your mind or in your personal notes while you’re writing the story. What the readers need are the details. An example would be in Grievance where I mention that Tyr served a mandatory term in the military. It’s a throwaway sentence, almost, but with it you suddenly realize that Asgard actually HAS such a thing as mandatory military service. You learn later that when he went back, it was for officer training, meaning that he was just a grunt with all the rest of them the first time around.

Um, description is huge. You bring the reader into your world when you make it vivid, with sounds and smells and colors, things like the cadets having different names and color of shirt for their different ranks. What do you smell when you walk down the street or road where you live? What would someone smell in Asgard? What would they smell in Jotunheim? How does the music sound? Are the people loud and boisterous generally, or is that level of noise considered rude? What kinds of presents do people give each other? Do they give presents?

The biggest way to create a new world for your readers is to NOT MAKE IT MODERN DAY AMERICAN. Don’t make it “default” to the movies, which are geared toward straight white males who aren’t too poor and aren’t too wealthy. Skyli is set in Iceland instead of New York deliberately, and is populated by women on purpose. I have them not care about nudity when they get together at the communal hot springs every evening, because why would they? They’re not American; they’re not even from Earth.

In “Empty Hands”, I have Loki and Thor and Co. meet a tribe of nomadic elves. I didn’t want elves that lived in trees and were just like Tolkien’s people, although I do imply that they have such places were they live in the winter. But for the most part, that’s been done. So, nomads. I modeled, very very loosely, off the various nomadic cultures that I know a little bit about, including the historic Mongols, Plains Indians of North America, and maybe a bit of the Bedouins of the Sahara Desert (though not much because the environment is so different, and environment shapes culture). When I say “loosely”, I mean I didn’t want to make the elves recognizable as any specific Earth culture so much as ask and answer practical questions like “what possessions do nomads have and keep?” Blankets. Not a lot of jewelry necessarily, but tattoos and colorful clothing, because people will decorate themselves in any way they can given constraints. Nomads will mostly own things that are lightweight and easy to transport. If the weather is good on this planet, maybe they don’t sleep under a roof at all, maybe they just use cushions and blankets out under the stars. They cook over an open fire rather than owning a stove, because you can’t just lug a stove around with you from place to place.

See? It comes down to details. Describe your world for us, and we’ll follow you into it.

I… have no idea if I’ve answered your question satisfactorily. But you’re welcome to PM me and we can talk ideas if you like.


From the makers of the no-effort character checklist, I bring to you… The no-effort complete character sheet for lazy writers like you and me™! 

Because the extra effort I put in staying up until 3 am to do put this together can save us all a lot of effort filling out longer character sheets ^^

You’re supposed to print it out and fold it in half to make a little booklet but you can save ink and do it on your computer 😛

Link to PDF on google drive (fixed typo)

Total howl? Yes indeed.

Using the appropriate vocabulary in your novel


It is very important that the language in your novel reflects the time and place in which the story is set.

For example, my story is set in Italy. My characters would never “ride shotgun”, a term coined in US in the early 1900s referring to riding alongside the driver with a shotgun to gun bandits. 

Do your research! A free tool that I found to be very useful is Ngram Viewer


You can type any word and see when it started appearing in books. For example…one of my characters was going to say “gazillion” (I write YA) in 1994. Was “gazillion” used back then?


And the answer is…YES! It started trending in 1988 and was quite popular in 1994.

Enjoy ^_^