Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Plotting



This post is for IWSG's May posting. The Insecure Writer's Support Group was founded by ninja Alex J. Cavanagh and posts their writerly insecurities out into the world every first Wednesday of the month.

The climax. The turning point. The hinge. The whole point of the story.

For the longest time, I couldn't seem to make my stories get to a satisfying point. I could identify it in other stories, but in mine, they fell flat. Maybe it was because I'm not much of a plotter?

Nope. It's because I wasn't thinking of my stories in terms of conflict. I was just sort of writing, going "la-di-da, this is conflict." It wasn't, obviously, or else the dang story would've actually turned or hinged or whatever you want to call it.

Sometimes I still worry about my plotting abilities. Is the story actually building towards something? Will the pay-off be worth it?




14 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. Sometimes you wonder if it's the appropriate pay-off, you know?

      Delete
  2. I'm usually worried about the execution of said plot and conflict. I don't it to be too easy, you know. Or too complicated. Or contrived. Or lame. Or too sudden. The list goes on. >.< But it's still so much fun!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, it takes balance, doesn't it? And it takes a few tries to poke it into position.

      Delete
    2. lol I agree with Krystal. And it depends which conflict you're talking about too. Shame on those who think writing is easy.

      Delete
    3. It's not rocket science, but yeah, it's not exactly easy either.

      Delete
  3. I don't struggle so much with plotting in my shorter stories, but it's definitely harder in my novel manuscripts.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was actually more worried with a short I wrote last year because I don't usually write shorts.

      Delete
  4. I worry about plotting a lot, and I have multiple walls in my house devoted to visual representations of the plot so I can see where the story's been, and where it's going. But most of the time, I still feel like i'm just doing the "la-di-da, this is conflict." thing you mentioned.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Honestly, you think you get conflict and then...the plots falls like a bad souffle. I think I'm getting better at it, but maybe not? Who knows!

      Delete
  5. This is a huge worry for me. I'm not used to writing long pieces where you have to build things up over time and place the conflict at the appropriate point.

    Cheers - Ellen |

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm worried sometimes that what I think is "plotting" isn't really plotting. Or plotted well.

      Delete
  6. I'm such a pantser. I just write and the story comes. Until chapter 8 (or thereabouts). Then I have to figure what's next. By then, I pretty much know my characters, their faults, conflicts, etc. At that point, I have to plot, if only in my head. Better on paper (or computer). I hope this all works out for you. Best wishes.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm sort of a hybrid these days--I need something planned or else I just sort of flail around.

      Delete

Thank you so much for your comments and thoughts. Check back soon. I reply to all comments. Happy reading!