When I first heard about the shootings at the Empire State Building, I thought a gunmen had taken out a co-worker and eight other people. I was upset and it reminded me of the theater shooting that occurred in my town of Aurora, Colorado. It wasn’t until a day later that I learned that the gunmen only shot one person and the police were responsible for the others. I was upset by this surprise announcement and at the policemen, who are charged with protecting the community, for ruining more lives than one deranged person. I was also mad at the media for not reporting that information right away. I could go on and on about this, but I’ll stop here.
However, in mysteries and thrillers I love plot twists and turns that keeps me flipping the pages until the very end. I want to be that writer! And to help me, I’m taking a class offered by my SinC chapter that is about crafting plots. After deleting over 80,000 words on my last WIP, I decided that I’m the perfect candidate for it. Although, I must admit I’m slightly nervous because I’m a pantster and when I try to write a complete outline my creative juices dry out. I’m not a complete pantster because I’ve never sat down to write a story without knowing the beginning and the end. It’s the middle that remains elusive until I’m almost writing it. However, going forward I’d like to have a better idea of what the middle will include so I can make the twists and turns bigger and better.
What do you like in a plot?