There's a hole in my bucket

I stepped into a massive, stinky plot hole this past week.  Yes, PLOT hole.  Why was it stinky?  Because inside the plot hole was a giant pile of CRAP.

I don't outline before I write, which means I'm always in danger of messing up my story.  I like to think of myself as a shoot-from-the-hip kind of writer (can you picture me in a cowboy hat and a hip holster?  Yeah, didn't think so), but trust me when I say I miss more than I hit.  In fact, I often shoot my eye out.

As I was revising chapter fourteen last Thursday night, it suddenly occurred to me that a very minor character who's introduced in chapter five has inside knowledge of a very major character... which basically blows my story's twist to smithereens midway through the novel.  Yes, I did say smithereens.  Think Gatling gun.

To top it all off, I had house guests over the weekend – my good friend from British Columbia and her beautiful little 2-year-old daughter were here.  I hadn't seen either of them in over a year and was thrilled they'd come to hang out with me.  And yet here I was, well after midnight with the whole house asleep, stressing over the fact that my book was shot to hell because of a freakin' minor character starring in freakin' stupid subplot that ties into the main storyline just enough to ruin everything.  And the more I tried to fix it, the more the story unraveled.  It was like a pulling a loose thread from a knit sweater.

So, I did the only thing I could. I killed her (my character, not my friend.)  And then spent the next seven days climbing out of the hole I'd dug myself into, doing damage control.

I'm finally back on track now, and I hope to God there are no more holes to fall in.  You can be sure I'll be watching my step.

5 comments:

  1. ... dear Liza, dear Liza! Thanks Jenny, I'm sure that song will stay with me for the rest of the day!!

    As soon as you mentioned this character my first instinct was to kill her too.
    I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.
    I believe this character (even though you were thrown offside because of her) will make your novel that much better. :)

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  3. Sorry for the earworm!! Do you remember it from Sesame Street though? I used to think it was hilarious!

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  4. Jenny,

    Steve told me about your blog today at dinner, and I think it is awesome...I am excited to read future blogs, and even more excited to sit around and point at a book someday, and tell friends that I know who wrote that book...nothing better than a little name dropping, and I can picture the day, when I get to do this with you!

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  5. Isn't there a new song on the radio that has that line in it "there's a hole in my bucket dear liza, a hole"? ug. Earworm, here it comes!
    As for you in a Cowboy hat, come to Calgary during Stampede and I will get you into one. Then I will take pics and post them!
    Glad you killed the character!!!

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