Cutting Back on Subplots|Writing Fiction

So I want to touch on subplotting. Not the dynamics of it per se. I want to share why I continuously need to cut back on having too many things going on in a story.

Sometimes we have to learn things, and sometimes we have to unlearn them.

I started writing poetry and screenplays at the beginning of it all. My stories come to me in the form of several sub plots involving the same characters in one story. This isn’t unheard of. And it can also be executed very well if you’re an experienced writer. Despite writing for most of my life and training myself to do what I love to do, I am not a very experienced writer. Simply because I write for myself, and I’ve only now worked up the courage to share my work with others. I’m still having trouble with that. It makes me nervous as hell. But I’m bending my mind to change all of that soon, hopefully.

Feedback and critique is essential if one wants to take writing seriously.

For me, writing a novel and a screenplay which is basically dialogue is vastly different. With a novel, I have to pay close attention to my character’s body language and observations of other characters. The story doesn’t only evolve via conversations. In fact, there is less dialogue in novels. Acting instructions and scene directions are completely different from what goes on in between dialogue in books.

When the concept of my story comes to me, I see every detail in my head as if it were playing on a screen. When I begin writing, I tend to realize what an absolute mess I’ve created. Too many crazy sub plots and twists that would annoy any reader to no end.

Recently, I’ve been trying to be better at outlining before the writing begins. There’s always immense need to cut down on my little stories within the big one. I over plot. If that’s even a thing. My brain isn’t equipped to roll out a saga or a five book series, so I need to take it down a notch.

Well there it is. The how and why. Although I can’t omit that I’ve read a ton of books with no real plot. Most of the content was just fleshed out repetition. That scares me as a writer and I tend to create too many conflicted situations before my story can climax.

This post might have been all over the place like my manuscript (hehe).

Thanks for reading.

xo Kat

8 thoughts on “Cutting Back on Subplots|Writing Fiction

  1. pareshcanwrite February 22, 2018 / 4:47 am

    I am also new writer. The suggestions and courage that you have shown in your blog are inspiring.
    Thank you

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    • Bookish Kat February 22, 2018 / 11:51 am

      Hi. Thanks for reading. Appreciate the kind words. I’m very passionate about the craft of writing, eager to learn more and more. Good luck with your writing 🙂

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  2. Tan M Butler February 22, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    I like your thinking! I am someone who overthinks story writing too much to the point making it too complex for myself to write, let alone my readers read. I was always told to keep writing simple👍

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    • Bookish Kat February 22, 2018 / 1:57 pm

      There are so many things other than just writing that I’m learning about crafting a book along the way. Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

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  3. Alex March 17, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    This was a super interesting post, because I wish I had this problem! I always struggle with coming up with good subplots; everything I devise doesn’t seem relevant enough to the story. It was interesting to read your perspective from the other side of things. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
    Any tips for how you create your super complicated plots? Based on your post, it seems to be more of a curse than a blessing, but I’d love to have to cut down too many subplots instead of struggling to come up with any.

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    • Bookish Kat March 17, 2018 / 8:31 pm

      I think too much, especially at night and during showers😂 too many things happening at once. One of the things that works for me is planning/brainstorming. When i spend time building my characters and story, ideas pop into my head and I weigh the pros and cons of adding it to the story. I examine if they’ll work or not, what i need to cut or keep. But if I rush into writing with my one liner concept, i end up with major writer’s block. So i’d say spend time with the brainstorming part before writing your book

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      • Alex March 17, 2018 / 8:59 pm

        I feel you on the showers thing, that’s like where I get all of my ideas. 😂
        Thank you for your advice! I’m currently planning a novel that I’m hoping to start writing soon, so I’ll make sure to brainstorm a ton before I begin. 🙂

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      • Bookish Kat March 17, 2018 / 10:09 pm

        You’re welcome. Anything I could help with, I’ll be glad to. Good luck with your book xo

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