It is easy– so easy– for us writers to get bogged down in plot holes. Those funny, niggling realizations that something about our carefully crafted stories doesn’t quite make perfect sense. That our characters could have found a better way of doing things that would have greatly simplified everything and kept them out of a great deal of trouble. And to some extent, all that is good. If we find the holes we can plug them and make our stories tighter and more streamlined. Better. And that’s what most of us are trying to do, right?
And yet. What happens when filling those plot holes ends up burying our plot itself? Some plot holes absolutely need to be filled in, of course, and I don’t mean to argue against that. But sometimes when you do it, the choice is between making it all make sense logically and letting it keep that weird spark of magic that attracted you to your idea in the first place. And I think when it comes down to it, it’s better to keep the magic.
Or maybe I just need to get better at filling in my ok holes.
1 thought on “[Blog] Plot holes”
Fortunately, people tend to be irrational, so you can always fall back on that when you see your characters making irrational or sub-optimal decisions.
An author (not to mention the readers) have the options of evaluating decisions from the comfort of home and can second guess all kinds of things. In the heat of the moment, a decision can be made that hurls you down a path you never would have taken if you stopped to think about it.
So ya, not all plot holes are problems.
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