Subplots are mini stories woven into the plot, each containing a beginning, middle, and end. Outside of the main plot, they can center around the protagonist, focus on a secondary character, or a combination of both. Why should a writer use subplots in her novel?
-to sidetrack the reader so the main plot isn’t revealed too soon
-to add tension or suspense
-to reveal sides of the protagonist that might not have otherwise come out
-to enhance the theme
-to add a twist to the main storyline
-to show the protagonist’s growth
-to drive the story forward with new questions
-to provide relief from a violent or sad storyline
-to show another character’s POV on the fictional world
The reason to use a subplot isn’t as important as ensuring there is at least one subplot in a manuscript. Otherwise, the novel will read more like a long short story, instead of a multi-layered book like those that readers are accustomed to buying.
How many subplots are in your novel? Why have you added them to your plot?