Superplots: The new authoring tool


Superplots help. – Why?

Working with Superplots simplifies the process of designing a story. Before you start writing, get to grips with Superplots.

What are “Superplots”?

There are, for example, 28 Superplots for crime stories and 13 Superplots for adventure stories. Superplots are what stories can be reduced to. The lowest denominator. The essence of the whole.

What are the advantages of Superplots over plots?

There are millions of plots, but there are only a few really successful plots. The most successful plots are Superplots.

What are the practical benefits of Superplots?

When you realize that your story follows a successful dramaturgy, then you know that you are on the right track. Superplots show you ways to make your story the best it can be. Superplots are tools for successful writing.

Are Superplots only suitable for the conception at the beginning of the writing process?

No. You can also optimize an already finished story with Superplots. When you see what your story is all about, you can simply start a new revision step. Superplots help you do this and are the solution.

Are there only 28 Superplots for crime stories?

So far we (graduate dramaturge J.C. Mohring and a team of authors) have found exactly 28 crime superplots. But you can participate! Find another superplot and report it to info (at) superplot.org. We will check the plot and publish it here on this page if it really works as a superplot. A key feature of superplot.org is that you can participate and share your knowledge with other authors.

How does a writer work with “Superplots”?

Before you design a plot, you should think about what theme you want to make the center of your story. This question is extremely important, because every story always deals with several themes, but always has only one central theme.

The central theme is the guiding principle. Everything else subordinates itself to this theme. Or to put it differently: all other elements of a story ultimately lead to this theme again and again. The problem for an author is that he or she has a certain idea, which often does not yet contain the theme.

There are probably thousands or millions of themes that can become the starting point for a story. What should you, as a writer, orient yourself by? How are you supposed to know that a basic idea or a topic really works? Or what a story ultimately boils down to?

The great stories that last for centuries have general structures that appear again and again in narrative history. This general structure is the basic theme, the essential narrative motif or “superplot”.

Superplots make it easier to recognize the basic structure of a story.


You can find more explanations about Superplots in the FAQ (click).