Plotting with Strangers


  1. I say love. When you've got it bad, rational thinking goes out the window. Or money. Enough money on the table can make some people do anything.

  2. Agreed with Andrew. Although, religion and ideology could also play a part if you'd rather not go the romance route. Depends on the character's moral compass I guess?

    1. Very true. I think with this character, it's about his ideology. I probably need to explore his ideology more.

  3. There's something in it for him. By saving the slave, he gains… ? Or he could just be a compassionate soul and wants to to save the slave. Or perhaps he see's something of himself in the slave. OR someone once saved him and he's paying it forward.

    1. Ooh, I like the latter ideas… seeing himself in the slave and/or paying it forward. Thanks! All these ideas help me get out of my head and point out my blind spots.

  4. I love your plotting chart! I may start incorporating that method. :)

    As for your question: How about if the slave had saved his life, or the life of someone close to him? Or if the character went through a process of discovery of how slaves were treated and it became a humanitarian issue? Perhaps a combination of the two? :)

    Or how about if the slave got into trouble for helping him? Or if the slave got into trouble for doing something that he himself would have done in his place – he understands the motivation.

    Or it could simply be an issue of justice, if it's that kind of character. :)

    1. Thanks! I'm such a visual person that it drives me nuts when I try to write a traditional outline. Just doesn't work for me.

      Thanks for the ideas! They're all awesome. I think I've got a good handle on why the character is willing to free slaves. Glad to see I'm on the right track! Thanks for commenting.

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