In my never-ending quest to make book 2 at least 40k words I got some good advice from my brother who happens to have a lot of experience with editing and publishing. He told me to add a subplot. Granted that was all the advice he could give since he still hasn’t read book 1 yet but he does have a point.
So now I need a subplot. Oh wait, I have one. Nope. Two. What I don’t want is for there to be so many plots that you get lost in them. My writing advice for today is plot control. If you are writing along and your subplots start to become as strong or stronger than your main plot, perhaps your main plot is too weak. Or you need to tone the subplots back. More than likely, it is the first one. If that is the case, you may be writing the right story but from the wrong point of view.
Plots within plots are good things. They add depth and reality to your story because no story exists in a bubble. Life continues for all of your characters not just the main one.
This is the Novel Mage saying, *POOF*