logan607 (logan607) wrote,
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Logical issues in stories / writing

Graffiti Madonna in downtown NYC

Her: What're you doing?
Me: Installing a HDMI splitter to power the 47 and 26" monitors, upgrade the ram, and dupe the old harddrive to a two terabyte drive.
Her: Oh...well, I was just building a flux-capacitor in the bedroom so...

Well, writing this blog in the middle of the day doesn't work and I've got a full Monday schedule for the foreseeable future so back to publishing in the AM.

Speakinga writing, been working on my manuscript like a madman; actually trying to submit it to a writing contest soon. Problem was that there were a buncha logical issues that hadta be resolved, which is parta the reason it was put away for so long.

A logical issue's when something in a story just doesn't make sense and yanks the reader/viewer outta the story. For example, just saw The A-Team film the other day. Wasn't expecting Shakespeare but there's the one scene where (1) a tank falls outta a plane, (2) hits a body of water, (3) everyone insides survives, and (4) a few minutes later, they're driving on dry land.

Assume, arguendo, that the first three are possible; the fact is that if a tank fell into a lake, it'd sink to the bottom, and it's engine would fill with water. It'd be impossible for them to then drive the tank onto dry land.

This was such a glaring error that the rest of the story was unwatchable - even though I could suspend disbelief enough that a tank could fly (don't bother asking), couldn't do it once that happened.

Figured out how to kill a character last year; now I've gotta have another one leave the story without getting offed.

Think that's why science fiction's so alluring; y'can resolve a lotta these logical issues by just saying that's what happens in that world.

Stupid crime fiction...

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Got a non-canonical entry tomorrow, see you then?


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