Spoiler Alert – I’ll be discussing the plot of Bob Moore: Desperate Times.
Predictability. One of the easiest criticisms levied against any book is the “I saw the end coming” comment. With the amount of entertainment, albeit movies, television, or the various print mediums (including online, comic, and traditional books), there is nary a plot or twist that hasn’t been done and done again. I once heard it said (probably a paraphrase from someone long dead and way smarter than me), that everything that could be written, has been. We’ve all been putting different twists on the same tired plots.
That is certainly true.
In recent (maybe not so recent but seems that way to me) times, the new thing is the twist at the end (thanks M. Night for this one). If there isn’t a twist that takes the reader/viewer off guard and “explains” the rest of the movie/book, then it is somehow faulty. I have a major problem with this. Continue reading On Predictability
I promised at the end of Bob Moore: Desperate Times and in one or both of the Behind the Scenes Podcasts (here and here) that I’d post some of the scenes that got cut from the book. If you missed it, you can read the first deleted scene here and the second here. Okay, these are the last of the deleted scenes for Bob Moore: Desperate Times (the book was 105k words long – I didn’t delete much). Here we have three short things I deleted. The first is just a couple of lines that I thought were funny but were out of place in the narrative. It was near the end (I think) during an action scene. It just broke it up too much and slowed it down. But I thought it was funny so I kept it for a deleted scene. The second happens after Bob goes to the hospital to see Liz the first time. He ends up outside wondering what to do. Eventually, he goes back inside and makes a scene making phone calls. At first, he ran into this security guard. The scene was cut because it had no real purpose and was just taking up space. You may think when you read the last deleted scene that I’ve made a mistake and that it was actually in the book. That’s why it was cut. It’d already been covered ad nauseam. Continue reading Bob Moore: Desperate Times – Deleted Scenes 3 – Three Short Deletions
I promised at the end of Bob Moore: Desperate Times and in one or both of the Behind the Scenes Podcasts (here and here) that I’d post some of the scenes that got cut from the book. This first one was from near the beginning as Bob is driving home from the terrorist bust. The point of this scene, in my mind, was to show that Bob has much more tolerance for tippys than he does for supers. It was also to show how the Inertial Dampener worked though that ended up not being important since the damn thing didn’t really show up until the end. Lastly, I wanted to show how much Bob detested the supers though, again, this came out through the rest of the story just fine. It’s weird because I write my stories chronologically so I didn’t know if I would need this scene until I finished. Turned out I didn’t. I felt this was a good cut as it slowed down the story and I never really liked the scene. It just felt forced and contrived to me, even when I was writing it. I fully expected this one to get cut. Continue reading Bob Moore: Desperate Times – Deleted Scenes 1 – Altercation with Tippys on the Way Home from the Bust