Katherine Mankiller

Holy hand grenades, Batman!
November 15, 2007, 6:13 pm
Filed under: novels, writing mysticism

I generally think of myself as bad at plot. Maybe I think this because I sometimes end up writing a first draft in which I follow a character around a setting and nothing happens to him or her. (This is generally what’s wrong with the hurricane story, by the way–I followed Chinequa around for 10,000 words, and lots of stuff happened, but there wasn’t really, you know, plot.) That happens sometimes when you’re a pantser, and apparently I think with my fingers sometimes–sometimes I just need to follow a character around and type.
I feel like I made a lot of plotty breakthroughs in my Outline of d00m. I still don’t have anything really resembling an ending, but, you know. I have time to come up with wacky things like endings, especially since I now have what I think are fairly logical, interesting, and conflicty beginning and middle.
Wow. I may actually push this novel out of the ditch by the side of the road yet.

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