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Its plot is loose and tortuous and will take some ...
by Alan Hamilton

Its plot is loose and tortuous and will take some time for its stars to emerge.
- Alan Hamilton

Some commoners are less common than others.
- Alan Hamilton

No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not
sing when they are feeling sensible.
- W. H. Auden

I like to be surprised.
Fresh implications and plot twists erupt as a story unfolds.
Characters develop backgrounds, adding depth and feeling.
Writing feels like exploring.
- David Brin

 

God, I'd love to do a big commercial movie that made
a lot of money and whose plot was interesting too.
- Bob Balaban

A free and prosperous Iraq will be a major blow to
the terrorists and their desire to establish a safe
haven in Iraq where they can plan and plot attacks.
- Scott McClellan

Those who plot the destruction of others often perish in the attempt.
- Thomas Moore

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I try to trace the connection between the characters
and that way a story or plot emerges.
- Anita Desai

You know, Motorcycle Diaries has no incredible stories,
no sudden plot twists, it doesn't play that way.
It's about recognizing that instance of change and embracing it.
- Gael Garcia Bernal

My key interest in choosing scripts is character-driven stories,
because there are so many stories that sacrifice character for plot.
- Lasse Hallstrom

I think situations are more important than plot and character.
- Harry Mathews

I've never sat down and thought about the difference between plot and theme.
To me, that's never been important.
- Len Wein

The Carrie in the plot was too much like the Carrie in the book.
She smoked, she swore a lot, she was very hard,
very cynical.
I could never have pulled it off.
- Kristin Davis

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all,
there is only the meaning we each give to our life,
an individual meaning, an individual plot,
like an individual novel, a book for each person.
- Anais Nin

Quite casually I wander into my plot,
poke around with my characters for a while,
then amble off, leaving no moral proved and no reader improved.
- Thorne Smith

It's very liberating for me to realize that I don't
have to step up to the plate with a plot that involves the U.N.
Security Council.
- Jonathan Franzen

Time, in general, has always been a central obsession of mine -
what it does to people,
how it can constitute a plot all on its own.
So naturally, I am interested in old age.
- Anne Tyler

I tend not to know what the plot is or the story is or even the theme.
Those things come later, for me.
- Michael Ondaatje

If the audience never understands the plot,
it can be counted on to be attentive to the very end.
- Benedetto Marcello

If you stop one terror attack in the U.S.,
it may be connected to multiple other plots out there that are connected.
If you reveal that you stopped one plot,
it may tip our hand.
- Patrick McHenry

What the devil does the plot signify,
except to bring in fine things?
- George Villiers

Wake the power within thee slumbering,
trim the plot that's in thy keeping,
thou wilt bless the task when reaping sweet labour's prize.
- John Stuart Blackie

A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise.
Because that is how life is - full of surprises.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Writing is truly a creative art - putting word to a
blank piece of paper and ending up with a full-fledged
story rife with character and plot.
- William Shatner

Sometimes my plot lines are so convoluted,
I get calls from friends at 3 am saying;
you SOB,
you'll never pull this one off.
- Clive Cussler

I never plot out my novels in terms of the tone of the book.
Hopefully, once a story is begun it reveals itself.
- Alice Hoffman

Now I start my diary of my personal plot to kill by
pistol either Richard Nixon or George Wallace.
- Arthur Bremer

So I work hard to present the human side of my characters
while not neglecting the plot.
- Jeffery Deaver

Show me where Stalin is buried and I'll show you a Communist Plot.
- Edgar Bergen

In order to have a plot, you have to have a conflict,
something bad has to happen.
- Mike Judge

Having a sense of purpose is having a sense of self.
A course to plot is a destination to hope for.
- Bryant H. McGill

The beginning of a plot is the prompting of desire.
- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

I have a plot, but not much happens.
- Howard Nemerov

I remember the guest stars who came,
they were always trying to find a new plot for their
characters because they wanted to stay.
It was really a great working environment.
- Caroline Dhavernas

Government should work to insure the rights of the individual,
not plot to take them away.
- Lyn Nofziger

The cliches are that it's the most generic Starsky
and Hutch plot you can find.
- Ben Stiller

You can't remember the plot of the Dr Who movie because it didn't have one,
just a lot of plot holes strung together.
It did have a lot of flashing lights,
though.
- Terry Prachett

Sometimes I'll hear a phrase or a word and write it
down in my little black notebook (a writer's best mate),
then come back to it and work a plot around it.
- Paul Kane

There's almost always a point in a book where something
happens that triggers the rest of the plot.
- Jonathan Carroll

Guy Rivers, a conventional piece as regards the love
affair which makes a part of the plot,
is a tale of deadly strife between the laws of Georgia and a fiendish bandit.
- Carl Clinton Van Doren

If I had a plot that was all set in advance,
why would I want go through the agony of writing the
novel? A novel is a kind of exploration and discovery,
for me at any rate.
- Chaim Potok

I don't like to go to the movies to see violence or
some kind of spy thing with all kinds of information
you have to assimilate to understand the plot.
- Pia Zadora

I think a lot of composers get into trouble just making
up a plot and expecting an audience to follow that.
- John Eaton

The king died and then the queen died is a story.
The king died, and then queen died of grief is a plot.
- E. M. Forster

When sex is necessary for the plot of a book,
or a character development, then I don't shy away from it.
Why should I?
- Laurell K. Hamilton

I don't care how good a song is - if it holds back the storyline,
stalls the plot, your audience will reject it.
- Dorothy Fields

The idea that I'm going to have to sit down to write
some fiction where I'm going to have to think of a
plot would really scare me,
because it would come out a mess.
- Tracey Emin

Plot and character are virtually the same thing.
- Daniel Keys Moran

This means keeping many trails open at once,
inevitably requiring a fairly 'parallel' plot.
This plot should be discovered rather than announced,
so show, don't tell.
- Graham Nelson

My books are primarily plot driven but the best plot
in the world is useless if you don't populate them
with characters that readers can care about.
- Jeffery Deaver

Some movies I see today have the most dramatic plot
points but the actors are not playing them dramatically.
- Aaron Eckhart

The thing should have plot and character,
beginning, middle and end.
Arouse pity and then have a catharsis.
Those were the best principles I was ever taught.
- Anne Rice

I'm obviously very keen on the theater and I think
it's inevitable that some of the orchestral and chamber
pieces have got dramatic elements which might even
suggest an unspecified dramatic plot of some kind or other,
even though it's not in my mind at the time.
- Peter Maxwell Davies

The time has mainly gone on getting Inform into a decent shape for public use.
I suppose the plot of 'Curses' makes a sequel conceivable when compared with,
say, the plot of 'Hamlet' but none is planned.
- Graham Nelson

That is what I define as a novel: something that has a beginning,
a middle and an end, with characters and a plot that
sustain interest from the first sentence to the last.
But that is not what I do at all.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

We began to do little things, have little scenes where
we just talked about things that had nothing to do with the plot.
In fact, in the beginning, they didn't want us to do that.
But as time went on, you see that in so many shows.
I think we were the first to do that.
- Don Knotts

Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great
beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature,
of character, of the passions and their operations
in diversified situations.
- Horace Walpole

To this day, I get rewrite offers where they say:
'We feel this script needs work with character,
dialogue, plot and tone,' and when you ask what's left,
they say: 'Well, the typing is very good.'
- John Sayles

I have a book coming out in September,
for example, where the plot concerns counterfeiting,
and I had to do a lot of research on that.
Or on any legal matters, for example,
I have to do a lot of research online.
- Evan Hunter

I plot the first 5 or 6 chapters quite minutely,
and also the end.
So I know where I am going but not how I'm going to get there,
which gives characters the chance to develop organically,
as happens in real life as you get to know a person.
- Joanna Trollope

A potato can grow quite easily on a very small plot of land.
With molecular manufacturing, we'll be able to have
distributed manufacturing,
which will permit manufacturing at the site using technologies
that are low-cost and easily available.
- Ralph Merkle

I better make the plot good.
I wanted to make it grip people on the first page and
have a big turning point in the middle,
as there is, and construct the whole thing like a roller coaster ride.
- Mark Haddon

I elect to stay on the soil of which I was born and
on the plot of ground which I have fairly bought and honestly paid for.
Don't advise me to leave, and don't add insult to injury
by telling me it's for my own good;
of that I am to be the judge.
- Robert Purvis

I always start with characters rather than with a plot,
which many critics would say is very obvious from the
lack of plot in my films -
although I think they do have plots -
but the plot is not of primary importance to me,
the characters are.
- Jim Jarmusch

I always have one or two, sometimes more,
Navajo or other tribes' cultural elements in mind when I start a plot.
In Thief of Time, I wanted to make readers aware of
Navajo attitude toward the dead,
respect for burial sites.
- Tony Hillerman

In my books, women often solve the problem.
Even if the woman is not the hero, she's a strong character.
She does change the plot.
She'll often rescue the male character from some situation.
- Ken Follett

If you need to take a step back from day-to-day operations
and plot out the long-term direction of your user experience strategy,
consultants can give you a perspective you can't get on your own.
- Jesse James Garrett

Once you have invented a character with three dimensions and a voice,
you begin to realize that some of the things you'd
like him to do to further your plot are things that such a person wouldn't,
or couldn't, do.
- Thomas Perry

Part of the plot was a knock that V wanted to bring
down the government and bring chaos.
I don't know why I thought of Guy Fawkes,
because it was during the summer.
I thought that would be great if he looked like Guy Fawkes,
kind of theatrical.
- David Lloyd

Essentially and most simply put, plot is what the characters
do to deal with the situation they are in.
It is a logical sequence of events that grow from an
initial incident that alters the status quo of the characters.
- Elizabeth George

I enjoyed doing the gag covers better than the story
ones because they were usually simpler.
A cover based on an incident in the plot took a great
deal of staging to tell a little story that was still part of the book.
And it had to make sense on its own.
- Carl Barks


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