Debugging Plot: Episode 3 of Alone in a Room with Invisible People

So here’s the gig on Debugging a Plot

In Alone in a Room with Invisible People my newer-writer daughter and I — a long-time published writer — talk about writing, revising and publishing fiction.

In this episode, we’re talking about how plots go wrong while you’re writing them — and some things you can do to fix them.

We discuss:

  • How an antagonist is not always a villain
  • Limitations and why they’re important
  • How to start debugging
  • Why Reading like a Reader is important for a Writer
  • Why it’s bad when you get caught up in ‘Writer over Reader’
  • Why not to write to trends

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One response to “Debugging Plot: Episode 3 of Alone in a Room with Invisible People”

  1. Joe Bouchard Avatar

    Debugging my Book 1 plot: 2 main characters- Hero needs to rescue father, is chasing kidnappers; Heroine needs to catch a murderer, is following the clues. 1 Villain, he’s the murderer, his henchmen are the kidnappers. Villain needs genetic cure to his fatal sickness who’s cure might be inside the kidnapped father. Villain second need is to help a Villainess overthrow the Tri State Area, murdering furthered that agenda. <— This is the "main plot", with entangled story arcs leading to one ending.

    The bug: Side characters with their own story arcs, trying to overcome their own conflicts that are important to the Big World Conflicts happening within the Tri State Area, but also important to what is happening with the 2 main characters. SO… How much is too much when dealing with strong side-arcs and other good-but-side-characters?

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