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Of course you know what your plot is. The main story of your piece. But what about subplot? Subplot is the emotional challenges your characters face while on the way towards the big goal of the plot.
Take Gary Provost's Share The Dream. It's a romance novel about two sisters whom decide to go on vacation together. Now, like all romance novels, she meets a man. Now, this is the main plot. But because she starts to spend more time with this time, she starts to neglect her sister, which makes her sucess go down in the subplot. When Mr. Wonderful appears to be married, her sucess in the plot falls dramatically, but now she can spend time with her sister, raising the subplot.
The sublot(s) should:
Occur during the period of the plot.
Have some connection to the plot.
Not change the plot but enhance it. Note: It shouldn't change the plot, but may affect the course of it. In the story I am writing, the Dust of the Fallen, Owen is a boy born in a town in whence the Black One, Dia'lodin, wants a crystal. The crystal is essentially a map, which leads to the Sword of Halor'ian, a very important piece which will bring back a commander to lead a battle of good vs. evil. Owen joins in the search. It turns out that later that the Shadowhunters, a military group who claims to hate the Black One but are cruel for many unknow reasons, kill his father for a reason Owen does not know. During his time of gried, he gives up the search and meets a girl named Breeze. She encourages him and he moves on again to search for the sword. What if, however, she encouraged him to go because she is a spy for Dia'lodin, the Black One, and a trap was waiting for him? She then becomes part of the plot, not subplot (Though through re-writing my book it probably won't happen like this anyway)
My point: Subplot enhances the theme and plot and implies it along with the plot. I hope this piece will help you with plot and subplot.

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...And they did shake the world with battle.


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