Plot and Psychological Complexity are Crucial to Post Postmodern Fiction

post postmodernSo I’ve been thinking a lot about plot and the chronology of my story. Yeah, plot is important because you’ve got to hook the reader, don’t want him to feel like reading is a drag, although usually when that happens the truth-grains are thicker and tastier after they’ve eventually been digested as per plot-lite Beckett and Joyce.

Here’s a nice piece from the Guardian about plot and the craving for it in publishing houses. I think that’s always been there quite honestly and now with so many books being written it’s simply become more apparent. Sure it may be harder to publish a plot-lite novel, but ultimately if it’s good enough — if it penetrates deeply enough into the human soul — it will be recognized.

High literature involves character’s psychological complexity. These points allow the reader to breathe in between the tight-knit plot. The story is kind of like a marathon and reflective points of character psychology are like water breaks, which shouldn’t be too long or else you will get a water cramp. So after drinking some water you’re probably ready to run, right? I’ll give you a more plot-based sample from my post postmodern novel tomorrow because I have to make you excited about it, right? Consider this a stretch.




Published by Daniel Ryan Adler

Daniel was born in Brooklyn, NY, and has lived in Portland, Oregon. He studied literature and philosophy at NYU and creative writing at Edinburgh University. He is finishing an MFA in Fiction at University of South Carolina.

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