April 7, 2015 by tahenryauthoress
Yesterday I threatened to post every day until I got bored or you did. I make good on my promises, which is really all a threat is. goofy grins.
One of the many, many panels I attended at Norwescon was one on different forms of plot structure. At the end of the panel, during Q&A another attendee asked for advice on her plot. The moderator gave the best answer ever. He said it sounded like she was trying to learn to juggle and had started out with 5 chain saws. He suggested she go back and work with silk scarves for a bit.
I don’t think I heard anyone else’s answer to her question because immediately I was sucked into my own mind processing this idea. And it made total sense. My spy novel is 3 chainsaws. That romance I wrote last nano, that was my silk scarves. The novel I was to do, rewriting world war 2, that is my five chainsaws.
So what does that really mean for me? It means this year for nano I need to find something between silk scarves and 3 chainsaws. What’s the writing equivalent to like 3 foam bowling pins?
As a side note on this panel was a gentleman who writes choose your own adventure novels for adults. Bad Ass!
Matt Youngmark is his name, I add a link for him in case your are interested. I have not yet read any of his books but I will.