marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

juggling plot threads, continued

Of course, there are times when it is easy to drop one thread and move to the next.  That is, when the thread hasn't caught on fire.

So I sit staring at the sheet of paper trying to figure what any of them are doing.  Even when all -- let's see, both sets of knights, the royal official and his men, the sorceress/thief and the band of sorceresses, and the cultists -- six factions all started out with clearly defined motives that are passionately desired.

Fortunately what this story smells of is dramatic irony, so I have the prompt:  who could woefully mistake what someone else is up to?  And the side-issue of keeping all six of them yoked together into the same story helps.  And that I know there are two more factions involved, so I can herd them all toward where they can hook up with that one.

Tags: inspiration, irony, middles, outlining, point of view, subplots, transition, writing habits

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