Now we will look at the Master Plot: Escape
Last week we looked at Rescue. Escape is opposite rescue. The protagonist is in trouble. This is not an escape from any internal problems or drug or family relationships, this is a physical plot. Our hero is captured and must escape. She isn’t going to sit around and wait for Mr. Perfect to come to her aid. Oh no, she is full of ideas on how to achieve her freedom.
To set this up you need three acts in which the hero is captured and imprisoned. Next her plans and how she fails, once, twice, whatever your story calls for. Last, her escape.
The reader knows this plot. Your challenge is to make it interesting. My guess is that real life has taken some nasty turns that we can use in this plot. I’m thinking about bullies. There is nothing new about the bully as a character. But in today’s world, there is plenty new about the level to which they have fallen. Just remember, that like the Rescue Plot, the Escape Plot is physical. There must be an actual hostage scenario that our hero has fallen into. She or he must attempt freedom and lastly must achieve it. If you want to turn the tables and have the hero capture and imprison the antagonist, you can do so.
In the Escape Plot, we do not need complicated characters. It is straightforward. But like anything we do, we need to remember to make our hero believable.
If you’ve missed any of the “Plot” post go here.
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’s Master Plot is: Revenge
Do you plan on writing a Escape Plot?