So of course I immediately took advantage of the fun situation and started whining. "Something was off with my writing lately," I complained.
After some questions and probing on the wife's behalf (the husband preferred the more fun activity of drinking and less-deep discussion), we got to the bottom of it. No follow through with the plot.
What does it mean? I'm not even sure myself, but let's see if I can explain. I hold back on ideas never bringing them fully to the surface. They remain in the background and as such have minor influence on the plot. (A brand-new problem, just as I thought I've been through them all).
Why? I guess it's probably because I feel these plots were done before.
Then, my friend reminded me of something I totally forgot. According to some, there are only so many plots in the world. Pick a number, and you'll get a corresponding number of plots.
Here are, for example, the 20 basic plots as taken from The Internet Public Library:
- The Riddle
- Forbidden Love
- Wretched Excess
I also realized something else about my "plot problems" yesterday, but that will have to wait for tomorrow.
So what do you, fellow writers, think about basic plots?
Anyone have the same non-originality fears repressing his/her writing?
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Categories: writing, plot, process