What Makes A Plot Boring? How Can An Author Avoid Boring Readers?

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Creative Writing with the Crimson League


Today I wanted to talk about plot, and specifically, what makes a plot boring. What makes a plot fail to engage. What things an author should keep in mind when developing plot: whether through an outline or by figuring out the story as she writes it.

Plot is a funny thing…. in some ways it is the most important aspect of a story. It is the story. In certain cases, though, plot takes a backseat to other issues: political points, philosophical points, character, or something else depending on the author and the story.


Have you ever read a book that you just hated, because it bored you, because you felt that “nothing happened?”

For me, that book was “The Sun Also Rises,” which I read senior year of high school for English class. Also, “The Old Man and the Sea.”

No doubt about it…

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