Plotting April 8, 2010
Plots? Or Stream-of-Consciousness? Which would you rather read?
I think I need a good balance of both. Too much of plotting is great fun, but such books will not make it to my favourites list. I prefer Stream of Consciousness. Through the author’s consciousness, I found my own voice. My idea of a great book is one that I’m reading now – Oranges are not the only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson.
Jeanette writes about her own consciousness growing up amongst religious zealots. She uses fables and fairy tales to narrate what she feels about incidents that happened to her. The plot of a simple short story describes her streams of consciousness and made a lasting impression, which I think the technique is very unique.
Having said that I can’t hang on to a novel consisting of excessive streams of consciousness…. after awhile it gets too tiring. It turns into waffling, rambling. And then, I lost the plot.