To tell the truth, I sort of shut up about the whole thing and continued on with my life, never mentioning it until I end up telling someone in a critique that their ending is coiled too tightly, while the middle is lopsided and sort of swampy, while I love the rolling-wave movement of scene three (or something to that effect).
And then, in the middle of a normal LJ-reading thing, I come across this line in an interesting post by matociquala regarding "broken" books:
When you hold the book in your head, give it a spin on a fingertip, and you can see it wobble because the center of gravity is off somehow.
And that's it. dolphin__girl, how many times have you heard me complaining about spinning a story and having it wobble?
Does anyone else experience this?
And maybe matociquala's experience and mine diverge at that point, but it made me wonder: what if my story-shape thing isn't so odd after all? Or maybe my experience is only mildly odd in comparison to the great weirdness contained in other authors' brains.
How do you experience story structure?