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Offline julianiskaka

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Plot development freeze
« on: April 28, 2019, 06:44:14 AM »
    I find myself in something of a puzzling situation. I started writing short stories (20-30 pages) over the holidays and worked my way up into the mid seventies in length. When I finished my last story I had a good idea for my next writing project. I started a story involving my main character's Grandfathers meeting in the Korean War. The first four pages of that story were easily drafted and then the whole plot basically fell apart infront of me as I was typing. I like the first four pages but am at a complete loss as to how to move forward. I have a basic outline of what I thought I wanted to do but now when I look at it I see, "He goes here..." "He does that..." and is about as interesting as reading US Tax Code Laws. Any ideas?  ???  ???  ???

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Offline Gyppo

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Re: Plot development freeze
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2019, 12:01:42 PM »
It may not be your problem, but one of the most common reasons for a promising storyline suddenly running out of steam is that the writer doesn't really know enough about the era or characters they are trying to portray.

It's relatively easy to write about an area or era you know well, either through first hand experience or research, and the latter can include listening to relatives who were there.

But if you have no empathy for the characters your prose will always feel flat to you.

You don't have to like them, but you need to see their world through their eyes, feel what they feel.  Like a Method Actor you need to become them for a while.

The Korean war was long enough ago to be a semi-footnote to history, but not far back enough to have gained the 'glamour' of really ancient wars.

But just because you've stalled on one part of your collection of short stories it doesn't mean you can't write others.  Put the Korean war to one side for a while, but research it a bit whilst doing something else.  This will keep your enthusiasm for writing alive and let your subconscious sort out 'Korea' in the background.

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Re: Plot development freeze
« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 05:06:03 AM »
Possibly you could simply think about what type of plot(s) you would
like to put in your story?

 
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Offline heartsongjt

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Re: Plot development freeze
« Reply #3 on: Today at 03:12:45 PM »
Sometimes, there are so much plot that it's hard to know where to begin. I will do some research on the subject, and post what I think will be of interest writers.  jt
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