Saturday, June 8, 2013
I’m really awful at outlining.
I mean, I’m just not good with plot. So, I enlisted my sister, Anni, for help. It was rather unproductive. . . Rather being relative.
Exact conversation between my sister and I:
ME: So, can I ask you a plot question?
ME: So, in my novel, one of my characters was getting blackmailed, and—
ANNI: Which one? I read the first 45 pages.
ME: Nooooo! You’re not supposed to read my first drafts.
ANNI: (smiling) So, which one?
ME: (still hoping that she didn’t actually read it) My protagonist.
ME: (Dang it….) Yes.
ANNI: I read up to the part where the boss Executive guy—
ME: Yeah, the boss is threatening him?
ME: Okay, so he Tinkers this guy who’s mumbling something about a rebellion, and then he goes to help someone because someone’s screaming, and it’s his friend Aria—
ANNI: So is Tinkering like killing someone?
ME: Err, no! It’s just knocking them unconscious. And then they, well ....
ME: So what do you think I should do? Should he fight, and then go back to his job, or go back to his job, and then go back and fight?
ANNI: So, that snarky girl--
ANNI: So, Dem should go to his job and Luria should rescue him and they should overthrow the government and live happily ever after!
ANNI: There’s a reason I’m not a writer.
ME: (shaking head) Okay, so fight and go back to work, or go back to work and then fight?
ANNI: Fight and then go to work.
ME: (Scribbles hasty note) Thanks.