Western literature’s oldest critic tells us why critique partners help us avoid the idiot plot… .
I finished revising The Last Omen last week, and have moved on to trying a new approach to short story writing. The novel came up in conversation with my wife two nights ago and I discovered, yet again, that telling the events of the story does wonders for ironing out the plot.
My wife is not a fantasy reader, in fact, she reads very little fiction, and since discovering audiobooks has gotten most of her “literature” from Audible. She does love a good supernatural story, but mostly in contemporary form, and on TV or a movie. I think fantasy readers are especially forgiving when it comes to certain elements of plot as long as there is cool stuff going on. As an example of this attitude, Brandon Sanderson’s most important law of magic is “err on the side of awesome.” We write and read fantasy because it’s fun, and because it satisfies our craving for the stupendous, but someone really into that side of things is not the best critic when it comes to plot. Continue reading “Aristotle Says “Pitch Your Book””