Sarah Dunant talks about plot in writing here. It’s worth listening to.
Sarah has written 11 novels and 3 screenplays.
Plot is not just when somebody is dead and you don’t know who did it and why. It’s about an issue around what happened. Plot has to be exciting because there’s something you don’t know, but it also has to have some weight about it.
It’s a complex world, a very rich world, where nothing is black and white, where notions of good and bad are grey. Research is very important. If you write about scientific experiments and animal right, you need to research this properly. Research is a key factor in the creation of complexity. But if you overload the information, it doesn’t work either. You need balance.
“If you don’t surprise yourself, you’re not going to surprise your readers.”
“You never know if it’s going to work until it’s finished.”