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There's a reason, apparently, why the elements of a story put together is called a "plot." In my case, because it's obviously a plot which all my characters have hatched against me. All they are interested in doing is having normal, everyday lives which never seem to coalese into a story. Perhaps this is due to my spending a long period of time writing fiction for a gaming company, where I enjoyed myself tremendously but wrote a couple dozen plots/stories all going on at the same time in the same universe but all over the map, serialized stories which were published in the newsletter on deadline every two weeks for a period of roughly six or seven years. That and years' worth of ElfQuest fiction, plus some additional stuff here and there, and apparently this has had the effect of draining my brain entirely of interesting, coherent plotlines and/or the ability to put them on the page.

I add that last because I think I DO have a plot for a Buffy fic; however, it's crawling along at the rate of about a couple words a week (which for me doesn't spell out writing, since I spend more time re-reading what I wrote so I don't repeat myself a lot). But it HAS a plot, even, and it doesn't seem to suck. So I've sent the first part to Beta readers and have managed to incorporate exactly 1/3rd of the comments received.

It's all a plot, I tell you.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 5th, 2003 12:48 pm (UTC)
A plot, eh?
I guess that's one way to look at it. Maybe I can get some of mine to go to your head for a while. Lord knows they're brimming over with plots here...
Aug. 5th, 2003 05:03 pm (UTC)
Re: A plot, eh?
Lord knows I don't need any more of them sitting back with their heels up having a nice cup of coffee (or whatever they drink) and enjoying the good life, I have plenty of those here already. :) It's not that they aren't busy up there, it's just they're not doing anything story-worthy. If I started writing stories about what my chracters are doing right now, I might as well write about my OWN life! Wait, isn't that why I got a live journal? :D
Aug. 6th, 2003 10:35 am (UTC)
Re: A plot, eh?
I was specifically NOT thinking of the one's kicking back and sipping beverages and enjoying the good life, yes...
Aug. 6th, 2003 05:39 pm (UTC)
Re: A plot, eh?
Yes, I know... but even supposedly active characters seem to settle in once they get here. Maybe there's something offtrack in my head.

I AM happy with the plot of my Buffy story -- I take off into "my own widdle Sunnydale" from the end of "Tabula Rasa," because that's where I think that things first began to Go Horribly Wrong. Unfortunately, I'm writing about a sentence a week, on average...
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