Friday, April 9, 2010
Watch Out For That Plot Hole!
It's an accident waiting to happen. Speaking of accidents... I've read about plot hole disasters on several different blogs. It amazed me that this could happen. As authors, don't we know where each and every one of our characters is and what he or she is doing at all times? Don't we know the story forward and backward? Most importantly, aren't we in charge of it? How can we let a plot hole develop when we have so much control? Ah, but it happened to me. I had a secondary character drive over and pick up my MC. Not a problem, right? Well, unfortunately, the secondary character had totaled her car a while back, and she had a broken leg, both of which prevented her from driving. My dear, sweet, faithful, and talented crit partners didn't even notice that one. I didn't catch it until I went back to add some detail to the wreck scene. Oh, my! There are also smaller plot holes that may go unnoticed. Keep a watchful eye for those. I had one character listening to sleet hit the window, and moments later, another character squinted in the sun. Now, Kansas weather can change on a dime, but not quite that quick. So, whether you think it can happen or not, it can. And don't rely on others to catch it for you. It may be so subtle that only the recreational reader will pick up on it. Have you ever caught yourself in a little plot hole? How did you find it? Have a great weekend!