Today our Master Plot is: Rescue
We all know this plot and I think it is safe to say that many of us have experienced minor rescue plots in our lives. What do I mean by that?
When my children were little, my youngest took off at the mall one day. Desperate, I searched for her everywhere and finally contacted mall security. They immediately went to a major department store where her father had been shopping. There, in the middle of one of those round carousels that holds clothes, was my daughter. She grinned when we found her unaware that she had been lost.
I was the protagonist, chasing the villain, (my daughter’s imagination) to rescue my innocent child who didn’t understand what could happen to her.
The dynamics of the rescue is a three act story with three main characters. The good protagonist, who chases the evil antagonist to rescue the victim. The characters serve the plot. The antagonist is always evil. The protagonist is always good. The victim doesn’t matter except that they need to be rescued.
The reader has seen this plot a hundred times or more. They know what to expect. It is our job to add interest to the chase. No cliché’s here. If your hero pursues the villain to the top of the mountain, perhaps they should parachute off the top instead of hiking back down. Here, a good imagination will serve you well.
For every step your hero makes, the villain should be prepared to counter. Make it interesting. We don’t need to know much about either character. Backstory should be used sparingly to explain the relationship between the characters. It’s all about the plot.
A three act story: Separation, pursuit, confrontation and reunion. All woven with expert care.
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For a more in-depth look at the Rescue Plot and others I recommend that you purchase: 20 Master Plots and how to build them, by Ronald B. Tobias.
Next week: Master Plot Escape
Do you plan on writing a Rescue Plot?