Thursday, February 16

Plot Lines

by Margie Senechal 

I spend a good portion of my life thinking about other people's lives or you know character's lives. 

It gets pretty bad sometimes especially when I only listen peripherally to my family and get in trouble for not hearing the whole thing. You'd think they'd be used to it by now.

Lately I find living in my plots preferable to living in reality. Not that my life is bad, it's just that reality is kind of bleak these days. 

I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that if we don't see a big change in our government, that we will see an uptick in Dystopian fiction in the coming year or so.

To that end, I've been thinking of taking my post-apocalyptic/Dystopia out of moth balls and testing the water. Mine is a weather-based apocalypse and the more climate-deniers stay in office, the more believable my premise becomes. The government that rises out of the apocalypse embraces population control and second borns are shunned from society. And the religion is an earth-based goddess type that I haven't completely figured out yet.

Don't worry, Liz, I'm not delving into this until Suitcases is done. Although, I may tinker a bit. But, that's generally the way I write anyway. A little here, a little there, and a lot back here. Maybe I'm an attention-deficit writer. 

Or I just have so many ideas and so little time. Or that's simply my justification for not focusing.

Hang on, a plot beckons....

8 comments:

  1. I do love the discovery part of writing--listening to the voices of the characters in my head, trying to see how they fit into a story--I'm in that right now with my new WIP...thinking, thinking... Great post, Margie!

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    1. I can't imagine functioning without the voices in my head. LOL

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  2. I like where you're going with this premise. I'd like to read this someday!

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    1. I hope you will on all fronts, first being that I complete it. LOL

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  3. Isn't the idea phase the most exciting part? I never get tired of it.

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    1. Definitely. Which may account for my ideas files being more plentiful than actual finished projects. Lol

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  4. I am not an ideas person, although I wish I was. I am too affected by what's going on "out there." For a mostlynon-political, I've definitely been forced to the dark side lately and it's not helping my writing at all. :-) Good post, Margie.

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    1. Totally understand that. Politics have become too hard to ignore. It feels like there's too much at stake.

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