Details and the Devil Therein

2 years ago | ElliottThomasStaude (Member)

Zero points for originality of topic, but after searching for an appropriate existing thread to hijack, nothing came up. Probably a case of searching process deficiency.

After re-reading through an earlier-published section of a story when posting the most recent, a discrepancy came up. Namely, character X had memory of a confrontation with character Y on behalf of character Z, in Z's absence - something mentioned in the course of a single paragraph amidst many other events. However, Z distinctly recalled witnessing X and Y having this argument, and that fact constitutes something of a motivational tipping point. This discrepancy has since been cast to the void and the issue solved.

With the glut of wonderful people about, has anyone found a useful method for prevention of plot hiccups of this stripe? The gremlins of little contradictions, when collated into a gremlin union, have great potential to do a tale ill.

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  1. AdamBolander (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I don't start uploading my stories until the entire book is complete. That way if I change my mind about something and have to rewrite an earlier part of the book, it happens before the audience has read it.

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  2. Spivak (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    At the risk of being a non-reply, I feel a writer should worry about the big things: writing interesting characters, plots that make sense and are entertaining, to showing different sides of their characters, and good prose that makes reading enjoyable and doesn't get in the way of the story.

    Small continuity mistakes aren't too much of a big deal, and even bigger continuity errors can be brushed aside with some careful retcon application (using present text to re-frame stuff that happened in the past in a different light within the story, usually used for serial fiction, since in a book/movie you can fix any mistakes you notice before publishing it).

    However, sometimes continuity stuff CAN affect important things in a bad way, like making a character act inconsistently or stuff like that, which could be bad. So paying attention to that stuff is still important if it affects the core enjoyment of your story. Nitpicky stuff is not as important, and learning what you can and can't get away with is part of the process.

    Finally, as a word of warning, you will mess up. Maybe not with inconsistencies, but considering writing a serial is basically the same as a first draft, with time constraints, messing up is inevitable here and there. Even the best writers do it, so just assume you will mess up here and there as well. Maybe you can patch it up later with some writing. Or maybe it's not even worth the effort, and the best thing to do is quietly ignore the mistake and continue with the story.

    That's my 2 cents. Keep in mind I haven't written for long, so take all that with a grain of salt.

  3. BGHilton (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I once wrote a chapter of my story but straight-up forgot to post it, so the story just skipped to the next chapter. Fortunately, it was in a story with time travel as a key element, so I was able to pass it off as the effect of a time paradox. So far, no one has complained -- you keep your readership entertained, and they won't sweat the small stuff.

  4. Joker (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    If possible, wave it off as realistic diction. We all speak perfectly in fiction apparently, but should we? Sometimes we make mistakes in the heat of the moment.

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