Monday, July 5, 2010
Oh Plot, Where Art Thou???
How was everyone's Fourth of July?
My 4th weekend changes every year. Since Indian weddings tend to be multiple day affairs, the 4th of July tends to be a popular time for weddings (at least, that's how it has been with our family and friends).
But this year, I got to lay on a blanket next to my closest family friends, and absorb the flashes of color. I never realized how calming it could be to have a relaxed Fourth; to sleep in, eat a lot, watch movies, have an outdoor picnic, and do nothing. (Doing nothing is highly underrated, by the way. It seems to be an art in itself!)
Did you do anything special this weekend?
In Writing News...
I am straddling the awkward line between editing what I have written and moving forward to write more!! My characters feel real and fleshed out and I love my story line,
the plot feels somewhat sluggish. So far, I have been following an amorphous outline, but I do not want the reader to be bored!!
I read the reviews of certain books that are praised for "quickly moving, thick plots" and others that are insulted for "long winded" ones, so how does a writer tell while the work is actually being made??
How do you plot? How do you know when your plot is at the pace you want it to be?
P.S. Here are some elements from a helpful list I found of things that slow the pace of a novel:
-Flashbacks and backstory
-Characters sitting and thinking
-Long chunks of narrative
*Pictures from weheartit.com