Writer’s dilemmas are a part of writing. They occur with every well-thought out novel. If you don’t find yourself boxed in somehow, then you probably have not written a plot complex enough to grab the reader and hold her attention.
Plots should resemble life in its complexities. They need twists and turns, unexpected outcomes, surprises, and falls from cliffs with protagonists clinging by fingertips to the edge or grabbing tree roots during the fall. Plots must draw emotion from the reader and make her care.
Life doesn’t start at point A and end at point B. Life twists through the entire alphabet with ups and downs, side roads, u-turns, detours, and snaking curves. If life did, somehow, begin and end with points A and B, it wouldn’t be worth writing about and we’d spend our days lying in coffins waiting to die from sheer boredom. I’ve read coffin books that…
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