Plot Holes

Plot Holes…ugh! I admit I chase those little f%@kers around more than Bill Murray in Caddyshack with his illusive gophers. So what exactly is a plot hole? Well…according to Wikipedia, it is a “gap or inconsistency in a storyline that goes against the flow of logic established by the story’s plot.” Yup…that sounds about right. In most cases, these plot holes are created unintentionally when the author fails to remember that a new event or dialogue contradicts something already written. Added complications to plugging all those plot holes occur when the author is writing a series because we have to remember what we’ve written before in as few as one previous novel, or in some cases as many as 130+ as in the Guin Saga by Kaoru Kurimoto. I’m not sure what the longest book series in WLW/Sapphic fiction is because, of course, Google didn’t have that factoid.

Here’s a list of the most common plot holes:

  • Factual errors – This usually includes a chronological inconsistency in the timeline or sometimes a historically incorrect statement about the world.
  • Impossible events – This one I argue over all the time because it means something that defies the laws of science or physics, even in science fiction, although many are quick to say that it only applies within the context of the story’s setting and science fiction sometimes allows for a bit of leniency in this particular instance. I argue this with people all the time because what we know about science or physics today may change completely one-hundred years from now. Case in point-The World is Flat (although some people still believe that…don’t believe me, look up the Flat Earthers).
  • Out-of-character – This one is always left up to the reader’s interpretation, and sometimes different readers see this differently. Although time and attention should be paid to this, sometimes a writer simply can’t please everyone’s perception.
  • Continuity Errors – This is my biggest struggle, especially with my series books. What this refers to are events in the book that contradict something that was already established earlier in the story.
  • Unresolved storylines – Now, those that write sequels will argue this is not a plot hole at all but rather a clever marketing tool to get readers to buy the next story. To a degree, I agree, but I do draw the line when the book leaves you totally hanging versus a small amount of foreshadowing about more to come. This plot hole also includes not committing to the reappearance of a character that the reader would justifiably expect. This could be some build-up that leaves you totally hanging (ie, a love interest that gets talked and talked about but never shows up). I don’t think this is a plot hole I struggle with too often, but one never knows what the readers think about this!

I am currently working very hard to plug all those pesky plot holes in the book I’m currently working on (not yet titled). My intention is for this third book to be (at least for now) the last book in a trilogy. Although I’m currently blazing along on this book, the plot holes are a nightmare because of the complicated plot and twists and turns, not only with this novel but the previous two books. The first in the series is Undercover Love which just came out. The second in the series is The Politics of Love which will be released later this year. Of course, I would love everyone to buy Undercover Love, which I am proud to say is getting great reviews thus far. It’s an action-packed book that will hopefully keep you on the edge of your seat. I’ve made it easy by including the links below! And, if you really want more background on some of the characters, I suggest checking out: Asset Management, The Organization, The Thanksgiving Baby Caper, and Compound Interest.

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