Check out this great post from Dan Alatorre on the idea of subplots.
Reading a recent interview with Lucy, HERE, I noticed the following reply she made to a question. It sums up her book pretty well, which is hard to do (when you write a lot it’s hard to sum it up quickly for somebody, like the elevator pitch or whatever).
However, it also demonstrates the value of subplots and putting your character up a tree and throwing rocks at them:
The most pressing matter is of course to recover the missing painting, but this is complicated by (2) unwanted police attention in the form of two nosey detectives who are most certainly not welcome sticking their noses into College business. (3) Head Porter is facing mysterious financial difficulties and his personal life seems to become more convoluted by the minute. (4) The Dean is offered an attractive proposition but is torn between his loyalties to Old College and his personal…
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