writing

Plot in Real Time

Before lakebelle I could pull back and set a scene, explain what was going on in a character’s head, find the mood. Writing in first person all the time and having only their musings to spin a plot wears me out. The characters, well-drawn or not, possess immediate lives and I find myself thinking about in real time–meaning I’m not pondering a plot line and what I might make them do next, but I wonder what they are doing right now. And without a “the end” page in sight where am I taking them. Or where are they taking me?

2 thoughts on “Plot in Real Time

  1. “Or where are they taking me?”

    I think that’s what unnerves me (scares me?) about writing fiction, and why I don’t try. It takes a kind of courage and a certain curiosity to write fiction.

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