Ray Bradbury, courtesy of wikimedia commons
I love Ray Bradbury. It’s a shame that I’ve only read Something Wicked This Way Comes and a short story of his titled “There Will Come Soft Rains”. I honestly need to read more of his work, because it’s downright amazing.
Yet if I were to go back and time and have lunch with Ray Bradbury, I’d have a some tomato soup, and some beef about this quote of his:
“Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations. Plot is observed after the fact rather than before. It cannot precede action. It is the chart that remains when an action is through. That is all Plot ever should be. It is human desire let run, running, and reaching a goal. It cannot be mechanical. It can only be dynamic.”
Okay. Maybe I shouldn’t have started off with such a heavy quote. I’ll try and break it down.
Anton Chekhov, courtesy of wikimedia commons
Fasten your seat belts. Grab your popcorn.
We’re about to get weird.