Dilemma, Dilemma!

What to do?

I am seriously considering adding a new thread to the tale, one which would involve all new characters, following their own subplot. These would be characters of Miðgarðr, so a big step out of the world of elves and dark elves.

Now, there is definitely going to be a little breech between the realms, in which a few new characters will enter the stage, but these will be joining the action taking place in Svartálfheimr.

This new thread I’m considering would remain within the mortal realm. It would have it’s place in the grand scheme of things. That’s not the issue. The thing that worries me is the risk of creating too much complexity that the story becomes overly confusing. If I can keep this thread as a very minor part of the greater plot, fine, but if it will cut in too much, and divert excess attention from the main characters and plot, then maybe it would be better to leave it out…

What to do? Do I write it and mark it so I can easily come back and delete it all if it doesn’t work out or just leave it out altogether?

Published by Jessica Urquhart

First off, who am I? My name is Jessica Urquhart. Writing has always been a hobby of mine, which got its start in middle and highschool, when I'd write short stories for the amusement of my friends and classmates. Currently, I'm working on my first book, my one true love of a story I've been saying I would one day write. Well, that day has come. If you'd care to follow my musings on the adventures and hurdles of writing my first fantasy book, then please, read my blog.

14 thoughts on “Dilemma, Dilemma!

  1. I’m Struggling at the moment. I’m trying not to think, if I think to much or try to hard it does not happen.

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  2. I wrote out part of the new idea in a separate document file, so if I can develop it there, and if I decide to go with it, then later I can break it up throughout the book wherever the pieces fit. Like weaving a thread into a cloth.

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    1. Yeah, probably the safest way to go about it. Would be a bitch to have to go back through the whole book to delete if I work it in directly.


  3. Think back to the main plot and how you plan to evolve the story along the main plot. Then think of your subplots and how they support the evolution to the main plot. If the subplot advances the story then it’s a good idea to try it. If it only adds complexity and more characters that could draw the reader away from the protagonist and antagonist then it might not serve the story well. The main thing is to advance the story forward. Of course, the story and characters often dictate what they want the writer to write and they do have a vote 😁

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  4. Thanks guys! I’m going to develop it on its own and see how it turns out. Then if it will work with the main plot, I’ll weave it in. Otherwise, like Orvillewrong said, I might be able to use it as another book.

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