Tuesday Tiny Writing Tip #27 – The W Method for Discovering and Removing Plot Holes

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You are writing and you have this nagging feeling in the back of your mind, telling you something is off; so what do you do? Use what I like to call The W Methodgo over your chapter, asking yourself Who, What, Why, When and Where. Add How to the mix if you want.

Who: your male lead

(did) What: bribed the doorman

Why: to get inside information about one of the hotel guests

Aha! That’s it! You previously wrote the male MC is having financial problems; in that case, how did he bribe the doorman?

You could fix this problem by having the MC blackmail the doorman instead. But this is out of character for him?

We return to Why – to get inside information about one of the hotel guests. Pretty weak, huh?

How about…

Why: to get inside information about one of the hotel guests which the MC can use to help his love interest keep the house she grew up in and adores

Make sure the readers feel the intense need the MC has for the information he seeks; after all, you have to give him a reason for his actions. How to make them feel that?

Show him being torn between his conscience and the desire to protect the home of the one he loves.

See?

Asking questions about your own work can be helpful. You found your plot hole and came up with a few new scenes.

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