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Offline Blackthorn

A plot that's all over the place.
« on: April 30, 2016, 09:19:31 AM »
So I have several different works that I'm working on hate and there, but I've got one or two ideas that I've all but given up on because of plot issues.

The problem I have is that the plots of these ideas involve a broad set of characters and places and ideally I'd like to separate specific characters into separate books. So I guess it's pretty much a novel length serial fantasy.

What I have trouble with is separating the plot enough to get distinct sections without breaking the overall story arc while at the same time being able to bring everything together at the end.

Additionally I need to be able to use the same concept in several books without restating it each time and without it losing interest. Basically I need to separate characters almost completely while keeping them part of one very important group.

How do I do this? Is there just too much going on or is it something that has ever worked? Any advice is appreciated.

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Re: A plot that's all over the place.
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2016, 10:39:47 AM »
It's certainly ambitious, and I can see where the problems you've stated could come from, the repeated concept for example.

It sounds like from what you've said the idea is a little to big for its breeches, and needs slimming down somewhat. Either cut some stuff out or figure out what your central theme/idea/concept is and just stick to that; you start with the simple idea and expand outwards, rather than the other way around which is what I think you're stuck on atm.

If you're struggling to thin the plot down, perhaps aim for a different direction? Take the POV of a different character from your main ones and see what their story witnessing the protagonists would look like perhaps. That might help you free the plot up a little?

Don't really know how useful my 'advice' is there, but I'm sure many others will offer excellent words, they usually do ;)

Incidentally love the Freudian slip in your first line there
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So I have several different works that I'm working on hate and there
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Offline Blackthorn

Re: A plot that's all over the place.
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2016, 05:13:14 PM »
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Incidentally love the Freudian slip in your first line there
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So I have several different works that I'm working on hate and there
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Wow now I'm torn between blaming auto-correct or wondering if I actually said that  :o