Subplots are sometimes hard to work in. The whole point behind them is the fact that they are in the background and you don’t really know how to keep them from being completely obvious without also creating something too obscure for readers to pick up on. So the question is how do I start it without getting a wrestling announcer blowing it up?
You do little things. Introducing a character and creating an obstacle can sometimes help out. It works even better if they also work towards the main plot as well. This sort of integration helps keep the subplot subtle because the reader is focusing on the main plot.
On the other hand, you can create a subplot like a subquest and create it as a certain time away from the plot itself. This is often done in stories that are within the Fantasy genre, especially within the video game industry. How else do you think that you can play Skyrim for over 200+ hours and still not have all of the possible quests done? Trust me I’ve gone through playing Final Fantasy VII and ended up getting close to the 150 mark before getting frustrated for not being able to find all of the Ultimate weapons.
Subplots can be good if you have a really long plot line, like Game of Thrones for example. Different subplots are used to help out with not only moving the story along but also with creating suspense with keeping it going. Perfect distraction, because I know I’m not the only one who doesn’t know what’s going on in their own plot sometimes.
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