Dealing with Intricacy, Time, and Pace in Fiction

Simplicity and Intricacy in Fiction

Whether we write extempore or develop an outline, writers discover what happens next in the plot. Along the way, we discover unexpected aspects of our characters. This is why we need not worry about those dreaded “cookie cutter” stereotypes. With some sense of plot and characters, we go on to learn how our story material or idea works as a whole. We can see how portions of the story relate to each other and to the work in its entirety. From the writer’s perspective, during the drafting or outlining process, intricacy has grown out of a relatively simple original conception.

Man and woman at centre of a spider web with a clock-face overlay

Writers and readers see the intricacy, time duration, and pacing of a work of fiction quite differently. (Image: public domain.)

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