Hello, my lovely readers. :) Here's a bit of sunshine to brighten your Monday: A new blog post!
Plot holes, otherwise thought of as the second thing to do the most hindering of your writing (don't worry, Personal Editor, you're still the queen). You try your absolute hardest not to have any, but they always manage to sneak past you that split second that your back is turned. We all forget. And that's what outlines are for.
Hate to break it to you, but outlines can't help you catch everything. Sure, it's got your back on all the big things, but small details are out of its element. Like, say, for example, in the beginning of the story your MC makes it clear that they don't own a cell phone, but then they later claim that they forgot to both charge their cell phone and bring it with them when they went out. There was no buying of a cell phone between these scenes (I didn't ever write anything like that exactly ever; where did you get that idea? :P ).
And then your reader reads it and finds themselves thinking wait, what? Did I miss something? Details are unfortunately important. Sigh . . .
Now, you're probably asking what can I do to avoid these plot holes?
Here's the sad truth: You can't. They're a part of first drafts (and maybe second drafts, haven't gotten far enough in my writing career to find out yet . . .)
Then what is the point of this post? Well, to entertain you. Duh. :P
Now, how you could react to finding out you've got a plot hole:
1. Delete. New Document: Plot hole? Ugh. You delete your entire story and decide to completely rewrite it. There were a hundred things wrong with it anyway. The second time will be better. And this time, no more plot holes (a girl can dream).
2. Story, I Love You, But I Think We Need to Take a Break: You love your idea, and you love your characters, but you just don't feel like you're properly representing its amazingness with your writing. Add the plot hole on top of that, and you just need to take a break to get the words in your head back in order. You'll come back (maybe . . . :/ )
3. FORGET ABOUT IT!!!: This reaction goes a little something like this: You- Brain. / Brain- Yeah? / You- I need you to forget about this plot hole. / Brain- Okay. *thinks about it* / You- Brain! / Brain- What?! / You- I told you to forget about the plot hole! / Brain- Okay! *thinks about it* / You- BRAIN! / Brain- Okay, okay! Sheesh. *forgets about it* / You- *write on* (*the next day* / Brain- Hey, remember that plot hole?)
4. File Away, File Away: You take that knowledge of that plot hole and you neatly file it away until editing because you're boss and you can actually do that. And everyone who can't is totally jealous of you.
A good chunk of you already know who I am, considering I sent you here, but for those of you people who found my blog by accident, let me introduce myself. My name is Madison Anderson and I was born and spent little more than half my life in Oregon (US for those of you who don't know and don't want to look it up), so it's no wonder I like the rain. I'm obsessed with Disney (bought myself a Woody doll and I'm so happy :) ) and books. I'm now into drawing, and whenever I get around to it I plan on selling my work. You can visit my art page (someday it'll be website) at https://www.facebook.com/randomart17/?ref=bookmarks