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Plot Workshop
Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations. Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity.

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Has your plot thickened to the consistency of a weakened iced tea?  The thickness of your plot is usually measured by the relationship between the main plot and subplots. Imagine the plot of your story as a bridge crossing a great ravine. What makes a sturdy bridge are the structural supports, or in this case, the subplots.  Subplots may be subordinate in nature, but they are essential to give the main story line stregnth and momentum, they also add complexity to the story and clarify ideas in its thematic structure. 

How to create effective subplots? Look at your characters' motives and implied needs. Create ways in which their motives are supported by their needs. These needs will be interpreted by the reader, (remember, needs are implied, not explicit) and relationships will automatically intertwine with other characters or events. For instance, when writing stories that are ironic or comic in nature, subplots will try to show how disparate characters share common bonds or problems. A good subplot will repeat or contrast an idea or theme throughout the story (without being too conspicuous) and climax before or after the main climax.
Subplots will sometimes become the main plot of the story. You may start with a detective story that has a love interest as a sub plot, and by the end of the work, the love story becomes the main plot at the climax. Sometimes  this  happens  unintentionally through the writing process, but many times it is through the manipulation of the plot/subplots. 

Write down the main plot of your story in one sentence.  Create a list of the subplots and the characters or events that are involved with them.  Switch the subplots with the main plot and see what happens to the story's structure, characters' motives, or events. How is the tension or conflicts structured? Is the main plot lacking in these elements that can become a driving force in your story? Create tension in one or more subplots by having the main character fail at something. How does this relate to the main story? Perhaps your character is succeeding with the main plot, but he is a failure at love, at work, or with his family. Reverse the failures. Instead of letting him win in the end, let him fail, but let the subplots have positive conclusions. The fail/succeed relation-ship between the main plot and subplots create a balanced ending in the story. 

The charm, one might say the genius, of memory is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental; it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust. Elizabeth Bowen, Vogue"
Add Irony to your story by having a character misinterpret a situation and act upon this misconception. You may want the readers to be aware of the misconception, or perhaps not. The consequences of this action can create a twist to the tale. 

...and when you're untwisted, let's move on to Creativity Workshop