Plot has a bad reputation. To call something “plot-driven” is to call it tawdry and anti-intellectual and unconcerned with things like language and beauty and higher truth. And it’s true, plot can be clumsy and tipsy and belligerent, and it can thoughtlessly injure language and beauty and truth, and maybe you shouldn’t let it drive. But you shouldn’t leave it out of the car altogether– plot is the only one who has directions.

–Danielle Evans, “Rumors of Plot’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated”

I couldn’t agree more! (Aristotle agrees, too. He was all about some causality.) I love a story where something happens. And like Ms. Evans says–plot and good writing aren’t mutually exclusive. I mean, check out any book by Her Literary Highness Toni Morrison. Some shit always happens in her novels: women get shot, corpses get cut, dead babies come back. But can anyone deny the brilliance that is her writing? (Some can, but they’re not cool with me. 🙂 ) Anywho, plot–it does a story good.

By the way, I’ve heard lots of great things about Ms. Evans’ debut story collection, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. I’ll definitely be reading it when it comes out on September 23.

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