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The Joy and the Horror of an Outline
I've got that whole "one against, death hanging over the MC, power plot" thing going on. Sounded good while I was outlining, of course. But actually trying to market it to an agent? Nope.
The joy: I haven't written 30,000 words before coming to this conclusion.
The horror: This puts my outline in shambles. Sort of.
I realize there are plot patterns and nearly every plot in every book falls into one, but I couldn't figure out how to make mine stand apart in the query. So... it needs tweaking or launching. I'm not sure yet.
Erg. I must be the worst plotter in the world. It feels like it. I spend more time trying to come up with a good plot than anything else and it still ends up sucking.
Your thoughts please. Is there a method to your plotting? And... how do you know when your plot finally sparkles with originality?