By Rebecca Fryar
A great concept that goes astray in the early pages but resurges with great intensity in the first act. Gets beat up in the middle and dies in the third act. A miraculous plot twist saves it in the climax and it gallops away victorious at the ending.
A perfect plot, executed perfectly throughout its beat sheet until you get to the end and realize the concept was flawed. Chokes on its own poison.
A great concept that seems to lack plot, but you persevere, ignore the doubters and finish. Half your readers love it. The other half don't understand it.
A great plot built around a shabby concept, but the sheer force of a charismatic character saves it until it impales itself on its own sword. Somehow, in the mad chase for meaning, the characters create meaning, and becomes the best story you ever wrote.
Utterly uninspiring concept. Your dogged, relentless plotting turns it into a sprawling giant you don't think you can fix. The story persists despite your best efforts to choke it. Saves itself and finds four white horses in the end.
Bad concept, horrible plot. A real stinker. And yet, it's the story you go back to whenever something goes horribly wrong in your other stories.
Rebecca Fryar writes adult rural fantasy and poetry, paints, teaches teenagers, and wrangles cats. She is represented by Weronika Janczuk of D4EO. You can follow Rebecca on Twitter @rebecca_fryar.