Writing Big Year: Plotting lessons . . .

A bright idea popped into my head eons ago. Maybe I could characterise, indeed dramatise, a chapter as a “race” between different countries. What an exciting concept!

Well, in practice the “race” itself is murky. Different historical actors might well have misrepresented what was happening as a race for their own purposes. Different parties possessed different information and perceived matters in varied ways. If I use the “race” concept, I need a discrete point in time when the starter’s gun fires and another moment when a winner is declared, and I’m having a devilishly hard time picking either of those dates.

And focusing on a “race” means neglecting, at least in emphasis, other dramas of the time (we’re talking mid-to-late 1950s).

Do I keep the race notion or not?

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