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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Don't Forget the Plot! by DL Larson

The other day a gentleman returned several books to our library. He's a regular, friendly and we usually converse at the circulation desk. I'd say he is in his mid forties, and an avid reader of various styles. He orders many books from other libraries and enjoys series. So I was quite surprised when he said he had grown tired of a particular series after the second book.

"Why?" I asked. "Did you not like the story-line?"

"I did in the first book. But the author forgot the plot in this last one. It turned into erotica with no purpose."

"Oh. Too much detail?" I laughed, surprised at his honesty.

"No. It just didn't have anything to do with the story. It became ridiculous and I lost interest."

That statement revealed a lot.

When a writer writes, a few things are expected in every story: plot, character growth, and involving the reader in the unfolding story. No matter what genre, plot needs to be strong and purposeful. Plot moves the story from the beginning all the way to the end. Plot is the anchor in every book, no matter how many sex scenes.

Good to know.

Til next time ~

DL Larson


  1. Such a good point. Sex for the sake of sex - no matter how well-written - doesn't belong if it doesn't move the story along. Great observation by your reader!

  2. I thought so too. Thanks for stopping by.