Who is on the plum tree?
Another scintillating Editor’s Corner from Shawn Mackenzie on ‘plot.’
But What Happens?
Story is honorable and trustworthy;
plot is shifty, and best kept under house arrest.
― Stephen King
Last week my writers’ group happened to coincide with Halloween, and whether it was the holiday or the fact that it was unseasonably warm and pouring, our little intrepid band was remarkably light on pages. OK, truthfully, they were nonexistent. Hey, shit happens, right? So we spent a couple of hours talking – always a pleasure with intelligent, creative people – about politics, films, and, of course, the books on our respective nightstands and kindles. I’d just finished reading an extraordinary collection of short stories, “The Witch and Other Stories,” by one of my favorite writers, Anton Chekhov.
One of my fellows asked, “What are they about?”
A proper question – the sort of thing we writers have to answer every time we craft a query/cover letter or get button-holed…
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