Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My Plot Is Thickening

Hi everyone -- hope you're having a good week. Like Snoopy, I'm busily typing away and trying to address issues with plot. My favorite definition of plot comes from the great noir writer Jim Thompson: Things are not what they seem. If you write or do something else artistic, what parts do you struggle with the most?


boneman said...

Don't scare us like that!
I thought you bought a larger cemetery plot.

G said...

Staying on course. I enjoy the challenge of writing with multiple plot lines, so sometimes I struggle with staying focused.

Endings as well.

btw: found yours through Charles's.

Keith Hood said...

On your recommendation, I read the book "The Forest for the Trees" by Betsy Lerner. I think I'm a combination of several of the "types" she mentions but the "type" that most matches me is the "Ambivalent Writer" who can't commit to a form or story. I'm written many great beginnings, a few great beginnings and decent middles but I seem to have a problem bringing everything to a conclusion. In any case, I'm sending you an interesting article on endings. I'm hoping it helps me. Maybe it will help you as well.

Also, I apologize if this ends up being a duplicate comment. My home Internet connection has been funky. I had to send this from my phone.

the walking man said...

Editing. Cutting the long into the short.

Lana Gramlich said...

Oh heck...there's plenty to struggle with, including;
1. Various aspects of a painting; Is the lighting right? Should that (whatever) be there? Is the perspective correct? What if I added some blue?
2. What to paint next. Sometimes this is smooth sailing, sometimes (like now,) it's like pushing a rock uphill.
3. Wondering if, since I'm doing better with my photos these days, I should just set the paints & brushes aside & focus on photography.
4. Etc., etc.

Laura Benedict said...

Fear of the blank page. :)