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Once upon a time, I wrote a story. It was about something that happened to a young man while he was camping by an unused road.

Which meant he had to have a reason to be there. A reason that wouldn't clutter up the story too much and that could tie into the ending.
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I know where the story begins.

At the point at which she gets her powers.
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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
The heroine's quest involves a lot of research.  Of course.  No mentor to conveniently point her to Mount Doom, and no Mount Doom for her to be pointed to at that. . . .

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
When stealing ideas from other stories and fililng off the serial numbers, one of the best ways is to steal something that was a part of the backdrop -- a character's back story, a minor character's comment, history.

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curses!

Mar. 5th, 2016 11:20 pm
marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
So the hero and the princess heroine are sitting around talking between the tasks he has to do. . . .

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
there's a large difference between a character recounting a fairy tale within a story -- and a character recounting some backstory that happens to be a fairy tale because they live in a fairy tale world.

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marycatelli: (Galahad)
Prequels are dangerous because you are boxed in by what went before. Sometimes even when it's long before, so that things don't have to go to hell in a handbasket to start up the sequel.

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
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Two fairy tale stories.  One I begin when the hero is seven, and he meets up with a wild man of the woods, with consequences that rebound throughout the story -- but not until he's fourteen or so, except for the coldness it creates between him and his father.

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inheritance

Dec. 4th, 2015 11:09 pm
marycatelli: (God Speed)
Thought I had it all worked out.    In the fairytale kingdoms, inheritance is partible. Splits up all those kingdoms joined in matrimony so that future generations can work out fairy tales which end in such marriages again.

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marycatelli: (Baby)
Perambulating along on an outline and thinking, Who's going to tell her that making a false charge to the magistrate could lead to her facing charges?
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Was thinking of series and their notoriously interminable sprawls. . . the sort that Tom Simon wrote so eloquently about in Zeno's mountains.

And which Harry Potter did not turn into, however fat the later volumes became.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
One thing I think was inadequate in Deathly Hallows, and thought so the first time, was in the scene where Snape gave up his memories.

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marycatelli: (Cat)
There are shadows creeping about the city at night. . . not those attached to feet. . . .

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marycatelli: (Roman Campagna)
Once upon a time. . . .there was this knight.  Now he's still a knight -- an eldritch knight, haunting the crossroad.
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
the real delights of inspiration are the half-ideas.  The ones that even on the face of it aren't going to make a full story.

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marycatelli: (Baby)
In the backstory, there was this man.  He went through seven wives, hoping for an heir.

During that time, he married my heroine's mother.  Then he repudiated her because her dowry had been enchanted and so falsified.  Then she had a baby.
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Slithering two pieces of info into the story with sufficient subtlety -- or trying to, at any rate.

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