Trouble Separating Myself

I’ve spoken on here before about my long delayed story. I won’t try to work on it  until my novel is done…. but since I’m still having trouble with it, I think that I know why:

The story is set during the Civil War in the USA. The major villain is a racist from the South.

Scott's great snake. Cartoon map illustrating ...

Scott’s great snake. Cartoon map illustrating Gen. Winfield Scott’s plan to crush the Confederacy, economically. It is sometimes called the “Anaconda plan.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m having the same kind of problems writing that villain as I did back then: I don’t like to get in his ugly frame of mind.

I know that I don’t think like him, and that as a writer I have to be willing to write ugliness at times. I hope that I can get past this.

My Realizations on Story and Plot

I thought these were interchangeable names for the same thing.

I’m currently reading a book called ‘Steal This Plot’ however and realize I thought wrong: a story is a unique thing to each individual author… but the underlying plot is a different animal; in fact it may have been used before, even in ancient days.

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Look at Hamlet, for instance.

The example that I read was from the oeuvre by Shakespeare, Hamlet. The story is about succession of royalty in Denmark, but the plot is murder and vengeance.

Depending who lists them, there are a fixed number of plots that can drive a story forward, spice up a narrative, and help to make the story more unique.

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