A fiction book is a collection of vignettes, a series of events in time..... (continued below)
Arranging Events in Fiction
By Bruce L. Cook
A fiction book is a collection of vignettes, a series of events in time.
An exception - When writing in steam of consciousness mode, an author inadvertently enters a God-like stance, assuming that she or he is so wise that readers will stand in awe as they read the chosen words.
On the other side of this image, the writer has assembled events that were vivid in his or her imagination and heart. However, as with any collection, organization becomes difficult as the story unwinds. Fortunately, time is on the writer's side when itís possible to simply depend on a comfortable chronology.
Problem is, the writer creates chains of events and, especially at the conclusion, it's necessary to dovetail everything. (Or, in some cases, itís necessary to leave some chains ďhangingĒ so the reader will move to Volume 2.)
In my experience, when the arrangement of chains of events gets confusing, it helps to juggle them in your brain while falling asleep. Then, assuming this problem is deeply concerning for you, your dream will assemble them for you. Write down what you see when you wake.
Naturally, this Jung-like solution won't apply if you have carefully organized and plotted your story. However, even with a plan, it's useful to dream it through to validate your plan.
Ideally, a writer may have a few works in progress so she or he can turn away for a time and then take a fresh look at the story. When doing that, the writer comes closer to acting as reader, and that perspective can drive the most effective conclusion.
In any case, letís admit it. 2018 writers are dreamers. So, give Carl Jung a chance. Happy conclusions!
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