Pool and trick shots as an analogy for writing novels


Being both a writer, and an enthusiastic (if inept) pool player, I love the way the analogies tied together in this article. Several times I’ve watched a carefully crafted concept fail to reach it’s, seemingly, logical conclusion.

In one instance, this was because I had a misplaced concept of one of my characters, and how he would react to a situation. To borrow the analogy, he was one of those rogue balls that careened off in a unexpected direction, sending all the other balls flying off into disarray. The impact of this one reaction made me realize that the chain of events would have to be accelerated, and then expanded on. This one action was merely the initiator of what would be revealed as the final trick.


Thanks to Jefferson Smith of Creativity Hacker for today’s inspiration.


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