My head is a-swirling and a-whirling with ideas for revision.
The more I learn about writing, and in particular, plot, the more I want to fix old stories gone wrong.
In looking over my notes and suggested tricks for revision, I re-discovered this simple but effective way of checking plot and logic. Since ideally a story is full of cause and effect, action and reaction – start with explaining the last event…
This happened BECAUSE __________
Then work your way back to the beginning following the same pattern of explanation.
Pretty quickly you’ll see holes and random plop-ins of action… the places where something happened because you (the author) needed something to happen. Does it make sense? Is there another (better reason) that happened? How about those characters of yours – could they make things happen? What do they want now?
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK