Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Author Logic

Have you ever found yourself applying the rules of your world inconsistently? I did the other day when a beta reader found my characters saying one thing yet acting as if what they said wasn't true. I must have been trying to increase tension when I did that, but now I have to go back and figure out how to make it consistent.

What do you do when you find you've left plot holes in your stories?


Briane P said...

I don't know that I proofread that carefully, so I better get better at that.

I just read "John Dies At The End," and there are, at times, major plot holes that then get explained away by creating other major plot devices. It's all very clever and well-done, and it left me wondering whether the author did it deliberately as he went along, or whether (because he first created the story as a serial) he had to fix up holes later on.

ali cross said...

What else can you do, lol? Go back and fix 'em! Though usually it leads to something else that needs to be fixed up too, lol ....

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Liz said...

What do I do when I find plot holes? Scream. Cry.

This is why I love The Vampire Diaries (the show, as I haven't read the books). Just about the time a plot hole shows up, something else happens to explain that the hole wasn't a hole but a lie or something like that. I aspire to be able to amp up tension like that.

After I scream and cry, then I go back and fix. Have to fix. Can't leave plot holes.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

I'll have to look for that story, Briane.

Ali, I've noticed that too; you can't fix just one plot hole.

Liz, I like the "explain it away" approach much better than screaming and crying. ;) But either way, they have to be fixed.

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