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Avoid this plotting pitfall when writing drafts at speed

30 May

Some great tips… and another reason why I should bring Ray Donovan to the top of the ‘to be watched’ pile.

Nail Your Novel

Nail Your Novel - pitfall of writing at speedHusband Dave and I have recently been watching the Showtime series Ray Donovan. And sometimes, we’re finding the storytelling is rather uneven.

Interesting developments pop up that seem to promise a new and unexpected direction for the plot. Instead, though, they’re defused and then the main story trots along again, pretty much unaffected.

Here’s an example. Ray is a hired troubleshooter for the rich and famous, and has a few skeletons in the closet. In the first season he’s pursued by an FBI agent of formidable reputation; we’re told he always gets his man. This seems to be setting up a potent adversary. But then the writers then did their best to hustle him out of the story.

First they made him into a figure of fun by spiking his coffee with LSD. Then he’s shot by one of the characters. It’s clear the writers didn’t want to let…

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Posted by on May 30, 2016 in writing

 

2 responses to “Avoid this plotting pitfall when writing drafts at speed

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris

    May 31, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Thanks for the reblog, Morgen!

     

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