1. Lucy E.
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    Question...?

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by Lucy E., Oct 13, 2008.

    Okay, so I'm writing a novel about 9/11...now, it's in three parts:

    Part One: POV of a man who lives in NYC - a family member and a close friend of his die in the collapse

    Part Two: POV of the close friend's mother, who lives in Ireland

    Part Three: POV of a 911 operator

    Now, at the beginning of each part, I'd like to write about the days before the attacks, to let the reader get to know the characters and their day-to-day lives. I experimented with this for Part One and ended up with 23 double-spaced font-size 12 A4 pages...5,400 or so words before the attacks even happen.

    My question is: is this too much, and in your opinion, do you think it'll bore the reader?

    Also, what do you guys think about the way I'm setting out the novel?
     
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    I think it's a good balance. Three distinct persons with their own story. But how are you going to present it?

    How would you organize your parts? Would it be Part One --> Part Two --> Part Three or would you switch back and forth between them to show different events? I have the feeling that if you do them in a linear order one after the other I won't want to keep reading after one because I'll feel like I'm reading the same story but instead of a man it's a mom etc.

    I would think it better to mix them in together to show different parts of the day. Like start with your operator seeing the planes fly off course, switch to mom saying goodbye to close friend and then have the man meet close friend so on and so forth.
     
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    It wouldn't bore me. I like to know a lot of background info. I guess it also matters how long the book itself (when completed) is going to be. If the background info is longer than the part after 9/11 than it'll be too much.
    A 911 operator? As in the person who recieved the 911 call? Very creative. :p. So anyway, to answer your question: Great ideas. I think it's kind of strange (the characters you choose to write about), but I'm curious to see how it all turns out! Keep up the great work! :D
     
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    Thanks guys. :)

    lordofhats, it's kinda difficult to explain how I'm doing that. Give me a moment - I have the plot written down in my notebook. I'll go find it and type it out.
     
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    it's all been done successfully many times over, so if you write well enough, it'll work... if you don't, it won't... as with anything, the proof will be in the pudding... wait till you have the dish served up, before asking if it 'works'...
     
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    Thanks for your advice. :)
     
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    6,000 words is not too long. As long as you show interesting, exciting parts of their personal lives you could write even more before the attacks.
     
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    Whether or not the readers get bored in the first 5400 words depends on what exactly is in those words to hold the reader's interest. You can bore the reader in a paragraph - or you could holds the reader for an entire novel that culminates with the first plane striking the World Trade Center tower.
     

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