Trouble With Your Plot? Three Reasons to Kill Your Little Darlings

Kristen Lamb wrote a post about three reasons to kill your “little darlings”. And you will find out when reading her post, what she is talking about. It is such a helpful post. You will see!

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I love helping writers and one service I offer that’s been particularly valuable is plot consult. Writers who are struggling to finish or who start off with one idea after another only for that great idea to fall flat? They call me. Querying and getting nowhere? Again, contact me.

I’ve busted apart and repaired hundreds of plots. Thus far I’ve yet to meet a plot I couldn’t repair.

But, in my many years of doing this, I’ve seen enough troubled plots to note some common denominators for a failed story. One ingredient for plot disaster stands apart.

Little darlings.

As writers, we are at risk of falling in love with our own cleverness. The “cool” idea, the super amazing mind-blowing twist at the end. We get so caught up in how smart we are that we fail to see that we…

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2 thoughts on “Trouble With Your Plot? Three Reasons to Kill Your Little Darlings

  1. Sometimes this is exactly what one has to do. You might fall in love with an idea, but when looked at logically it really doesn’t sit right with not only the audience, but sometimes even with yourself. I had to go back and destroy and rebuild plot lines many times to create something much more wonderful. It’s not always easy, but in the end it makes the difference.

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