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February 4, 2011

NIKKI BIELINSKI

Plots are always rather elusive for me. Characters, context, fantastical inventions, supernatural interventions can fill notebooks on my shelves and scraps of paper under my desk. Unfortunately, a wad of paper the size of a book, does not a book maketh. I sometimes pick apart stories and make spreadsheets of plots, subplots and character development.  All very interesting, time-consuming and keeps me away from my own writing.  Super. Not the point though is it? So I read Terry Pratchett books and try and find the connections between the connections.  It’s like a three-dimensional spiderweb with Tiffany Aching in the middle.  I think I need to travel to the fourth dimension though to get a clear, hindsight perspective that would allow the connections to spark off each other, culminating in a wow factor.

I’ll let you know…

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  1. February 7, 2011 7:33 pm

    I am sorry to say that I too find plotting very difficult. Critique groups have said – on occasion – that my writing is O.K. and characters lively, but when I try a longer story I know that the plot has So Far been my downfall. However I haven’t given up hope that I can improve!

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