I grab Gray and pull her by the straps of her pack. The carbine sways off-target and sends a bullet into a boarded up storefront. She swears at me.
We made it into an alley before whoever was shooting at us got a second chance.
I’ve been talking about my bubble method of doing organization for a while now, but today I want to talk about something that’s useful for creative writers: nonlinearity.
Nonlinear stories can hold a lot of interest and have some practical advantages. It puts the storyteller entirely in control of pacing and the flow of information.
But it’s also difficult. The storyteller needs to be great at information control and keeping tones steady.
The resolution of a work is critical for its success.
The theme and message of the work need to carry through to the end of a story. Even for fiction writers who focus on mere entertainment, a resolution provides satisfaction to the audience.
Without a resolution, a story feels incomplete, and that’s undesirable in all but very specific circumstances.
This is the fourth part of my series on how to narrow down subjects for writing (see the rest through this link).