marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

timely reflections

Things that complicate the progress of plot:

The progression of seasons.
The phases of the moon
The length of pregnancy.

All of these can force certain events in  a story to be thus far apart, and all the other events have to take that into account.

Am currently wrestling with a journey, and whether the returning travelers can learn that a woman became pregnant shortly before they set out.

It makes me very glad that I didn't include one of the fairy tales where a woman has three children in successive pregnancies. Now that would lock the story onto a rack.
Tags: story time

  • genre

    A mystery reader, confronted with a large mass of sudden detail, is going to go—subconsciously, at least— "Aha! somewhere in all of this the writer…

  • super from space

    Can you really have a superhero story where all the super-powered are aliens from outer space? Not if they all come from the same planet and have…

  • so you want to write a genre. . . .

    I have run across advice in various forums that start with "So you want to write a fantasy/superhero/hard science fiction novel."…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded