writing tip: plot

Footprints-in-the-snow-001

Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.

Plot is observed after the fact rather than before. It cannot precede action. It is the chart that remains when an action is through. That is all Plot ever should be. It is human desire let run, running, and reaching a goal. It cannot be mechanical. It can only be dynamic.

So, stand aside, forget targets, let the characters, your fingers, body, blood, and heart do.

Teacher: Ray Bradbury
Photo: found at free-movie-downloads

Doing?  Today is Thursday. I have a major report due by 10 AM.  Said report is due weekly on the same day at the same time.  Do I have it ready?  No.   So suffice to say, I am the perfect embodiment of creative scrambling at the moment.  All those footprints in the snow, those in the above picture?  Are mine.