Saturday, April 29, 2006

Conf 182: What's the Point!

Daughter's gone shopping to Kingston with a mate today. 11 yrs old - still seems young to me, but all her friends are out and about zapping here and there on the buses, so just have to keep cool.

I'm clearing out the garage, the last Big Jobbie around the house that needs doing. Fortunately it's integral, as they say, so am nipping in and out from kitchen and computer, feeding thinkings on my plotting with David Mitchell's Playing with Structure, (good to see he's a Hero's Journey person - recommends The Writer's Journey, Christopher Vogler's distillation) and Charles Palliser's Anatomy of a Story. The biggest question you should ask, Charles says, is 'what's the point?' What do we want the reader to take away from the story? The story has to have a point and yet it has to be disguised for as long as possible in the hidden narrative, ideally until the very end. A very good time for a reminder to look at the wood every so often rather than the trees.

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.

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