Wed Oct 30, 2013, 09:05 PM
Agnosticsherbet (2,717 posts)
6 replies, 385 views
Milestones to an exciting plot. (Original post)
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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)
Fri Nov 1, 2013, 01:21 PM
SheilaT (14,674 posts)
I'm trying to write, and I cannot for the life of me seem to plot. Oh, story ideas and characters are very easy for me. So are beginnings and middles. But endings? I full plot arc? Can't seem to do it. Whether or not my actual writing is good enough that others would want to read it isn't even an issue yet, because I can't figure out an actual plot.
And I love to read. I read lots. Perhaps one of my problems is that I tend to read a lot more non-fiction than fiction, and non-fiction generally doesn't have an actual plot.
At least there are plenty of others who write stuff I want to read.
Response to SheilaT (Reply #2)
Wed Nov 6, 2013, 02:50 PM
pscot (17,110 posts)
3. Have you tried lifting a plot
from history? Dumas made his bones that way. And I just read one by Dennis Lehane that's based on the Boston police walkout of 1919. And it was a Shakespearian mainstay; look at all those history plays.
Response to pscot (Reply #3)
Wed Nov 6, 2013, 03:02 PM
SheilaT (14,674 posts)
4. Unfortunately, I'm not writing anything normal enough to try that.
And definitely not historical novels. What I am trying to do as I read more fiction is to pay careful attention to the plot itself.
Among my several problems as a writer is I tend not to put in enough details of any kind, the stuff that makes a scene very interesting.
What I'm currently working on is an s-f novel involving temporal exchange students from ancient Rome. The basic idea is a good one (heck, most basic ideas are good) and I have most of my characters figured out, but where it should all end up is completely baffling to me. I have a number of plot threads that simply go out and out, and I somehow need to rein them in and bring everything to something that resembles a conclusion.
I'm hoping to be accepted into a novel writing workshop this coming summer that may help me a lot. Meanwhile, I think what I need most to do is keep on writing and writing and see where it takes me.
I will say, that some years ago I gave up writing because I decided that there are enough people out there writing the sort of books I like to read that the literary world will get along just fine without my contribution. But lately, I've had a strong motivation to get out the stories that are inside me.