Have you ever sat down to write and the ground caved in under you? Yep, that’s right, I’m talking about plot holes. Those nasty little natural disasters that the weather channel conveniently forgets to post a warning about (besides, of course, those 99 other things they don’t issue watches for until a storm is 23.5 seconds away from your doorstep). I’ve fallen into these holes all my life and I thought I’d write a documentary on all the various forms to keep other unsuspecting plot travelers from stumbling into them.
1. The Cranny
This hole frequently appears in books. Fortunately, they’re not big enough to hurt anybody, but they leave a horrible blot on the plot. They can be created by leaving out any odd assortment of random details readers want to know about but the author does not want to write about.
I advise all plot travelers to stuff the hole with whatever they have on hand. Something’s gotta fit, right?
2. The Cave-in
This hole occurs most commonly when one is traveling at a leisurely pace and enjoying the picturesque prose. The plot path will seem amazingly smooth, but one step on the wrong key will send writers into an abandoned shaft where authors once mined for backstories.
3. The Coverup
This hole is created by plot travelers and is usually due to reckless writing. Many times the traveler will hide the evidence with arcs, structure, and grammar so the readeraptors won’t report it to the flops. However, many times they will fall into the hole unawares and scream their heads off in a bad Amazon book review.
4. The Crossing
This hole rips through a book like an earthquake, shaking it at the very core. Sometimes a bridge can be constructed to bridge the gap and bring travelers safely to the other side. However, travelers are advised to use extreme caution because the bridges are very unstable and may not support the weight of the whole book.
5. The Creator
This plot hole is easily fillable with a well-worded sentence or paragraph. Regrettably, the pressure of filling it sets off another hole, which sets off another hole and another until travelers are left with a rut-filled page. It’s recommended that travelers ignore this type of hole for the sake of their sanity.
6. The Crater
This plot hole is known by many names. Some call it the bottomless pit. Others call it the abyss. Still others call it the end. It is so wide and deep that once writers fall into it, they will be falling for the rest of their book’s life. At this point, travelers are directed to abandon the plot and run for their lives, because their plot has become the plot hole.
What plot holes have you encountered in your writing journey?