Reading and writing books is what I do.
Think first of problems, conflict, struggle and the stalwart trials of your hero or heroine.
The plot is the plan, the design, or the blueprint for the story. It provides the superstructure for constructing a beautiful piece of art. They don’t happen without effort and are built into the story like studdings in the wall of a house. The bigger the problem, the more heroic your lead character will be as he or she faces and solves the problem.
Items your plot must contain:
1. Abstract values which show the triumph of good over evil in the major conflict.
2. Contrasting characters in the story action, each strongly motivated in his efferts to achieve a definate goal.
3. And urgent must with an obvious can’t.
4. A situation which appears insoluable, followed by an ingenious solution which is believable though surprising.
5. A moral theme or an unstated premise to which the story serves as a sort of parable.
6. A special feature ingredient for a fresh angle.
7. My own expression of the subject matter, the era, area, and characters of the story.