What frightened me most was, I could no longer believe in my own life as a story. Everyone needs a story, a part to play in order to avoid the realization that life is without significance. How else do any of us survive? It’s what makes life bearable, even interesting. When it becomes neither, people say you’ve lost the plot. Or just lost it.
Not telling everything you know is not the same as telling a lie.
Stories start in all sorts of places. Where they begin often tells the reader of what to expect as they progress. Castles often lead to dragons, country estates to deeds of deepest love (or of hate), and ambiguously presented settings usually lead to equally as ambiguous characters and plot, leaving a reader with an ambiguous feeling of disappointment. That’s one of the worst kinds.
Life is not a plot; it’s in the details.
Don’t resist the urge to burn down the stronghold, kill off the main love interest or otherwise foul up the lives of your characters.
A director’s dream? No, Bollywood reality in 1995.Business is booming, but cliché’s are passée. A different sort of breeze-fresh, young-is unsettling fatigued conventions.
Storytelling began as a way for humans to relay information, from where to find food sources to the benefits of familial bonding, because fictional stories were the easiest way to memorize and communicate a complete set of information. We remember information best when it is delivered in the form of a plot, which is called ‘semantic memory.’ Stories still serve a definitive purpose and the stronger the purpose, the clearer the story.
Fire Up Your Writing Brain
Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.
BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR
Per G.G.,Chief of Ordnance
Character is plot, plot is character.
There are stories that don’t need a plot. Sooner or later they rise above the confusion and untangle their mysteries in a series of sentences.