Caturday Wisdom

A friendly reminder to myself:

Don't choke your story with too many subplots, just for the sake of drama. Cuz it could become melodrama, and no one wants any of that (trust me). Raise the stakes, sure - just raise 'em responsibly :D
That is all.


Anonymous | May 25, 2010 at 1:17 PM

LOL! This is awesome--great way to illustrate your point. There can be too much of a good thing. ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh | May 25, 2010 at 1:30 PM

A test reader helped me X out all melodrama in my book, more in character than in subplots, though.

Zoe C. Courtman | May 25, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Hey, Laura! It made me giggle, too :D Thanks!!

Hi, Alex! Thanks for popping in. Yeah, I hate that melodrama stuff. I had this nifty idea for a niftier subplot, then realized it was just TOO much, yanno? Too much :D Thanks for commenting!

Shannon Whitney Messenger | May 25, 2010 at 1:33 PM

LOL. I love it! And you're right. It's all about balance. Too many subplots and you destroy the main plot!

Hope you're having a good week.

Zoe C. Courtman | May 25, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Hey, Shannon! LOL. Thanks for stoppin' by :D

Jaydee Morgan | May 25, 2010 at 1:52 PM

That's excellent advice. Love the pic!!

Candyland | May 25, 2010 at 1:57 PM

So freaking cute!

The Alliterative Allomorph | May 25, 2010 at 2:11 PM

LOL. That's fantastic :)

Zoe C. Courtman | May 25, 2010 at 2:15 PM

LOL - thanks Jaydee, Candyland and Jessica!!

Mista Jaycee | May 25, 2010 at 2:21 PM

I totally dig that! Plus the cat pic Rox!

The Daring Novelist | May 25, 2010 at 2:28 PM

But I LOVE melodrama! (Even melodrama has to have room to move and make sense, though.)

Lydia Kang | May 25, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Mellow Drama is even worse.

Great advice. I need this reminder :)

Zoe C. Courtman | May 25, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Hey, Mista Jaycee - thanks for visiting! I dig those crazy cats, too :D

Ooh, sometimes melodrama fits, Daring. Definitely. Like you said, just have to make sure it makes sense :D

LOL - Lydia - not mellow drama!! :D Thanks for visiting :D

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) | May 25, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Haha. Love the picture. :)

Great advice too. I'm in a subplot sort out, so this is well timed for me.

Lisa and Laura | May 25, 2010 at 4:37 PM

That picture is perfect. Hilarious.

Piedmont Writer | May 25, 2010 at 5:18 PM

I originally had around 5 sub-plots in my Regency, yeah I know, what was I thinking, but I cut it down to 2. What a difference.
Great post.

Anonymous | May 25, 2010 at 7:07 PM

That is so hilariously adorable. :)

Vicki Rocho | May 25, 2010 at 11:42 PM

Too many subplots and I get confused and give up. Same goes for characters. It drives me crazy when there are dozens of secondary characters in a book. I can't keep track of them all and end up not warming to anyone.

Jessica | May 26, 2010 at 10:08 AM

That is so funny, and it is good advice. :)

Matthew Rush | May 26, 2010 at 1:35 PM

For some reason your blog is no longer coming up in my dashboard and it's pissing me off because I love your posts! Arghh. I'll just have to come back manually I guess.

FYI that's why I haven't been commenting lately and I just realized it.

Zoe C. Courtman | May 26, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Matthew- no worries! Thanks for coming back, anyhow :D I wonder why it's not showing up? Ack!

Stina Lindenblatt | May 26, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Oh, this is just too priceless. It says it all. :D

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