October 5, 2007, Newsletter Issue #130: The trap of "plottiness"

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Be careful to avoid stories where outcomes/resolutions depend on an intricately connected chain of external (i.e., non-character-related!) events. Tolkeinīs LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy is an example of what you donīt want happening in your stories. While we love the characters, the real movement of those books depends on surprise events a few pages down the road.

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