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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Tense, Highly Readable Plots

Essentially and most simply put, plot is what the characters do to deal with the situation they are in.  It is a logical sequence of events that grow from an initial incident that alters the status quo of the characters.” – Elizabeth George

George, born in February 1949, develops a plot as well as – if not better than – any writer in any genre.  Hers is in the mystery world, and in particular revolves around her well-known (both on the page and on the screen) Inspector Lynley.  From her first novel, A Great Deliverance (1988) to her most recent, The Punishment She Deserves (2018), George has written success after success with tense, highly readable plots.

I’ve heard through the grapevine that she’s exploring a series of books for Young Adults, and I hope that is true, because developing stories that will bring in the next generation of readers is crucial to the writing world.  I can think of few other writers today who I’d put at the forefront of tackling such a task. 
                               “Writing is no dying art form in America,” George said,  “because most published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps.”

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