Grumping About Plotting Woes

I feel a little grumpy today.

Last year, a friend didn't know how to plot stories, and though I tried, I wasn't doing too well at explaining. So I wrote out an idea, just a basic plotline to show how I tried to start with an idea and build on it, making things interconnected and all that. I have no real idea if it worked or not—but I know it impressed my friend who was all "I wish I could do that".

Tonight, my girlfriend wanted help with making a NaNo idea. She wasn't sure at all what she wanted to do. She was thinking about a fanfiction idea she'd kind of dropped, but wasn't sure if she really wanted to do it at all. Then she mentioned that games seemed to always conveniently and immediately provide the universe with a hero that was perfect for whatever problem the universe had, and she kind of wanted to write a story where the heroine had to be found.

Cue me providing her with the backstory and the situation that the story would want to resolve. I think she's going to write it—however, if she doesn't I call first dibs on it. *grins* (And she DID say I should be the one writing it, so. (I have my own NaNo idea, though.))

However, I am grumpy. I don't mind helping people plot. It's fun.

BUT WHY DO I ALWAYS SEEM TO DO BETTER PLOTTING OTHER PEOPLE'S STORIES THAN I DO WITH MINE?

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2 Responses to “Grumping About Plotting Woes”

  1. Erin Z. says:

    It's probably because you're not as close to the story as the other person is. *Hugs*

    Have you tried just jotting down interesting ideas for scenes and running with that? (It's basically a Holly Lisle method). Or maybe just winging it? (FT got written by me winging it).

    I wish I could help.

    Cheers,
    Erin

  2. Siri Paulson says:

    I too find it a lot easier to help other people unravel plot problems than to sort out my own. I think it's just easier to see issues and solutions with stories that aren't your own and close to your heart. Doesn't mean it's not frustrating, though!! ((huggles))

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