Shut up about the plot alreadyA Lesson by Mike Lamb
"Does this further the plot?" "Why? The plot's already there. I'll get to it when I get to it."
Storytelling weaves its own plotlines, and sometimes the trivial diversions are just as important as the major events. Not every moment in the story has to be an affirmation of "the plot." The plot isn't going anywhere. The characters are. Let the plot hide in the shadows once in while, then come crashing back onto the scene when you least expect it. It's great that your hero has goals, but don't be so goddamn OCD about it.
Here's an example of excessive plot advancement:
Sir George went outside to check the mail. There was a note from the princess. It read "George. Help. Kidnapped by dragon. Love, Princess." "Oh no, the princess!" said George, who was a knight, and also in love with the princess. "I hate dragons! They steal the princess! I love the princess!" So he put on his dragon repellant armor and grabbed his sword for killing dragons, which he called Dragonslayer, and went off to Dragon Castle to rescue the princess. He knew she was being held captive there because the letter said, "P.S. I'm at Dragon Castle. It's the big stone castle with the dragon in the front yard. Can't miss it." Sir George went to town on the way to Dragon Castle. He met a guy in the town. The guy said, "Hello brave sir knight. You must be on your way to Dragon Castle to slay the dragon." George said, "Yes I'm going to slay the dragon and rescue the princess." So the guy said, "Here, take this magic apple." So George took the magic apple and continued on his journey...to Dragon Castle. Because of the...thing, with the...princess.
Well I think you can see where this is going. So just remember, getting there is half the story, so don't keep rambling on about your stupid quest/plight/driving force. It's hollow and boring. The plot isn't worth s**t if you can't frame it right.
Added on September 21, 2010
Last Updated on September 21, 2010
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