By Kerstin Hall
I’m running a meeting on plotting and exposition tomorrow evening. Which sounds about as exciting as a Statistics lecture, but is actually pretty cool. To me anyway. The Inklings might not be as easily pleased.
So plotting. In my opinion, it’s all about consistency. Let’s take Robinson Crusoe as an example. The book is structured as follows. Boring introduction, ACTION! PIRATES! exposition about plantation life, talking about traveling, traveling, SHIPWRECK! listing provisions, listing provisions, listing provisions (goes on for a very long time), surviving, thinking, thinking, thinking about god, thinking about food, collecting food….
And then, in the last couple of pages CANNIBALS AND ACTION!