Summary: He wasn't stupid. He could see this plot coming from a mile away. But this wasn't one of his novels. And no matter how much he wanted this plot to come with a script, he couldn't write it.
AN: Just a couple of one-shots, put together in a story form. A little introspective. Third person (with some omniscient observations in parens).
Disclaimer: Yeah, so not mine. I can't own Castle... I don't even own my own home.
He wasn't stupid. He could see this plot coming from a mile away. But this wasn't one of his novels. This wasn't even one of his short stories (as yet unpublished – unseen by anyone other than Alexis, actually). And no matter how much he wanted this plot to come with a script, he couldn't write it. He didn't know the whole story, didn't understand all the character motivation. He wasn't omniscient and he sure as hell wasn't ready. Not yet.
A plot can be straightforward. It can be complex. It can fragment into multiple storylines which support the main characters. It could have fractures that distract from the main story, but add a bit of humor or danger. It can send you off on a wild goose chase, all the while dropping in clues to the real story. It can completely distract you from the purpose of the story until, Bam!, it all ties together, right at the end.
He could tell this plot would be all twisty and turny. There would be surprises along the way, good and bad. Character development (though he seriously hoped he wouldn't actually develop character). Arguments and friendship. Murder, mystery and good old fashioned detective work. But, barring any character death, it was clear this plot was headed in a direction he wasn't ready for yet. Romance. And it was headed there faster than he'd like.
So, he does what any good writer does. He creates diversions. Red herrings, if you will. Obstacles that change the direction of the story, creating new walls to climb and new rivers to forge, and do not allow the reader satisfaction (or himself, if he's being honest). But he's usually not this honest, and he's definitely not this self-aware.