Please forgive me for being a bit lazy this week. I've not been sleeping well lately and my brain is ten different kinds of fuzzy.
As I was dusting my ideas off from their holiday vacation I came to a brutal realization. None of my stories are actually stories. Sure, I have nifty characters and a universe to put them in, but I am missing that one vital element; a plot.
How could I have overlooked this? It's kind of a big deal. You can't have a story without a plot! Otherwise, you end up with, I don't know, Twilight.*
I was so busy building worlds and creating their history that I forgot to give the people in these worlds a reason to exist. Ok, in my defense I've got a vague notion of what's going on, but nothing terribly concrete. It all began to seem hopeless.
Then, I remembered something that I had read a few months back that gave me a glimmer of hope. The very talented and keenly insightful Cleolinda Jones, of the Movies in 15 Minutes fame, wrote a little journal entry about plot that makes entirely too much sense. I need to find my glass of water. Confused? Well, do yourself a favor and read her entry here; she explains it better than I could and she'll make you laugh while she does.
So, if you will all excuse me, I have some plots to figure out.
*I apologize to anyone out there reading this blog who actually likes Twilight. If you do like it, that's fine, more power to you, rock on, etc. We're all entitled to our opinions. I'm of the opinion that the books are the most awful, trite load of bollocks to ever be put to paper in the history of the entire universe. But what do I know?