Monday, July 2, 2018

Ray Brabury on plot development

“Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations. Plot is observed after the fact rather than before. It cannot precede action. It is the chart that remains when an action is through. That is all Plot ever should be. It is human desire let run, running, and reaching a goal. It cannot be mechanical. It can only be dynamic. So, stand aside, forget targets, let the characters, your fingers, body, blood, and heart do.”
Ray Bradbury
Something Wicked This Way Comes, Fahrenheit 451

Dan Dwayne Spencer is a retired school teacher. He taught public and private school a total of 24 years and for a while he was the Art Director for two West Texas news channels. He says that when he writes a mystery it’s like he’s putting together a jigsaw puzzle without a picture on it because even he doesn’t know where it is going to end. He says that most times his writing is a form of discovery. He insists that all his characters are only a conglomeration of words until the moment when the reader sees them with human flaws. It doesn't matter if the story is outrageously funny or deadly serious… because God is the author of life. Every misfortune and success, every birth and death is orchestrated by the author of life and Dan Dwayne spends a multitude of hours trying to imitate the adventure we call living. His Books ‘The Secret King and Poetry of Praise’ and 'Spies Lie and Spies Die’ are available at Goodreads and Amazon.