Sunday, July 7, 2013

Plot and Information Scarcity

Authors, please please -please- stop trying to drive plot with informational scarcity.  It's an outdated concept.  It makes even contemporary works feel aged.

What am I calling information scarcity?  A contrived absence of information.  If your plot isn't possible without disabling somebody's cell phone - your plot isn't applicable anymore.  What you are writing is not contemporary, and it certainly isn't sci-fi - it's steampunk.  It's somebody else's future.

And good steampunk can be good, don't get me wrong.  But you have to -know- that what you're writing is steampunk.  You have to -know- that you're writing somebody else's future.

Otherwise it's like watching improv theatre without knowing it's improv.  The context is wrong.

*Shrug* Tiny complaint, thrown out into the void.

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