Plot is an important part of any story. Sure there are some books that make it into the mainstream without a plot, per se, but these are often written by authors who have a grand conception of why they don’t have a plot. Don’t get me wrong, you can make it without a plot, but ever since novels began to be written, their purpose has been “to entertain and instruct.”
One of the major benefits about writing in our day and age is that before you send out your manuscript to book binding services, you can see if everything in your story is exactly where it should be. If there’s s scene that might fit better three chapters earlier, no problem. Cut and paste, maybe edit a sentence or two. Nabokov used to write his novels out on note cards and decorate his apartment with them. Shuffling note cards sounds a little tedious compared to the way we computer edit.
Part of having a plot that’s ready for book binding services is ensuring each scene happens for a reason; it couldn’t be moved around any more because it fits together snugly like a bug in a carpet. Each character and scene should have an influence on the story. If it doesn’t, it may be time to rethink why it exists.
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