Saturday, June 11, 2005

Plotting? Sigh...

This was an excellent question Catherine! When I plot I get the idea for the beginning (usually the entire opening scene) and the ending. Then I literally don't have a friggen clue about what's going to happen in the several hundred pages inbetween. Sigh. Naturally editors are kinda picky about that. I hear, "That's great! But what happens in the middle?" I want to shriek that I REALLY DON'T KNOW YET! but I don't think I'd sell many books like that. So I sit down and work harder on character development...that takes me to attitudes and conflicts...which takes me to - ta da! - the dreaded middle. And I write it down really really fast in a 5 - 20 page proposal (yeah, I know, but it depends on the editor and how many books I have or haven't written for her). When I actually write the book the middle always changes. Uh, so does the end (sometimes). Hell, the beginning changes once in a while, too.

I guess you could say I write character driven plots.



PC Cast said...

Oops - I meant to thank JACI for the original great plot question.

(crawling back into Deadline Hell)

moonhart said...

Oh but what plot they ARE, PC.

What plots they are!

Terri (a fan)

MartyK said...

Thank you! I thought it was only me, lol! Nice to know it CAN BE DONE that way.

Silma said...

Oh, I'm a pantser. Plotting ain't my thing. *g* It's rare to see me outline things.

Destruction Angel said...

I'm trying to reform into a plotter.

It's not easy. And it may kill me.

For my latest project, it's only got character profiles. That's a huge step IMO.

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