Tuesday, June 2, 2009


This is a short post and it comes from a discussion I had on CC. But I figure it's been a good month since my last post here (AA anyone?), so you might like to hear from me. :)

I'm thinking that my main priority is to make sure AUC remains an interesting read throughout. Discovering a whole new world, with hints of underlying conflict involving your beloved big sister, could be conflict enough for the first four chapters as long as readers are still interested in Paige's story.

I've been rereading a bunch of classics and greats, from Ender's Game to Harry Potter, and realizing that they break tons of the "rules" we all endeavor to follow.

From this, I take that the number one goal of any novel should be to entertain the mind. If it's doing that, keeping interest, keeping the pages turning, then it succeeds.

I think that there are a lot of ways to do this and that it might not be as formulaic as many of us treat it. Heck, if it was formulaic, everyone could write a great novel. I think it really comes down to whether we can write a great story or not.

I, for one, sure hope we can!

1 comment:

Lady Glamis said...

I disagree with you on thinking writing isn't formulaic. After studying plots and writing for awhile, I'm coming to see that to "entertain the mind" as you say, there really are formulas that work, and when some of them are not followed, the story will not work. Ever. I'm not saying the formulas can't be bent and twisted and even broken sometimes, but on the whole, knowing how plots work, character roles work, etc., the more we can understand what will tell a story well and what will not.

Like your post above on the 7 basic plots. I might not believe that the plots all break down into those categories, but I do believe that there are set niches for stories - classifications we can set each story into.

This is a good post. It might spark a post of my own!