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.




By Daniel Ryan Adler

Daniel Adler writes fiction and nonfiction and is finishing his MFA at University of South Carolina.

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