Plot or Good Writing? Or Good Writing and Lack of Plot?
March 27, 2011
I have to admit that when I read, I can sometimes forgive some edit problems if the plot is good. If a plot is not good, or is something which is hard to “get into” I am not as forgiving.
I am not referring to a blog, which is totally different, and I do read a lot of blogs, but a real sit down in big comfy chair and read a real book. That is what I mean, and since I review books, it means I read a lot. If the plot is not good, I look at other things, editing and what people think of the work.
I also find this work hand in hand, good writing is good with a good plot, even in non-fiction. I read a lot, and review a lot of books so writing is something that you can “forgive.” (not spelling mistakes etc– rather how it is written)
Fortunately I’ve read a good book, and that is Dead Light District, where I find the plot is good enough to sit and read it all the way through. Jill needs a huge hand for that, she is a great writer. Sasha is a good character, but the key to a good plot is a bit of surprise.
In this case by reading a person who has published a couple of books, and is one I recommend learning from, Jill has a surprising way to keep me reading. Ever so often she gets another character’s points of view. She does this well. I expect it, and I know it is something special because it is a break in the chapter or it is a chapter unto itself.
I have a lot to learn, and I almost think I should have a few more people read my non-fiction book to see how it flows.
So what is more important to you a good plot with good writing or good writing with lack of plot?