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Thanks to cmsix for the inspiration.

4041

Why does every "author" that posts "Thanks to cmsix for the inspiration " emulate cmsix by not completing the stories that they post?

Ernest Bywater

@4041

Why does every "author" that posts "Thanks to cmsix for the inspiration " emulate cmsix by not completing the stories that they post?


Maybe that's what he inspires them to do - but, realistically, danged if I know why.

docholladay
Updated:

Probably because like him they forget to pick the change over point in the story plot. As a rule the genres he favored makes it easy to get trapped into an ongoing story leading to incomplete status for stories.

The easiest and maybe best change over point would be the end of one season and the start of the next season. For example the end of Fall and the start of Winter. Any two seasons would work however since they are natural time points of major change.

edited to add: That seasonal change is also a natural start for the next story in a series as well. The end of one story leads into the start of another one.

Replies:   REP
REP

@docholladay

That is probably true of his unfinished multiple chapter stories. From what I recall, the majority of his unfinished stories were just the first chapter of what could have become a multi-chapter story.

Replies:   docholladay
docholladay

@REP

I think its an easy trap for a writer/storyteller to fall victim to. To some extents it becomes obvious to others while being hidden from the writer. I don't know what to advise on how to avoid that trap as I have seen it in other plots as well. Of course "trap" is just my term for it and probably not the correct technical term.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
awnlee jawking

@docholladay

It helps if the author has an endpoint to aim for.

AJ

KinkyWinks

@4041

You don't like hot and cold running water in your cave??

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@KinkyWinks

You don't like hot and cold running water in your cave??


not if it doesn't give my a nice dry spot to sit on

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