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Aug. 21st, 2017 10:50 pm
marycatelli: (Reading Desk)
A beginning is that which does not itself follow anything by causal necessity, but after which something naturally is or comes to be. An end, on the contrary, is that which itself naturally follows some other thing, either by necessity, or as a rule, but has nothing following it. A middle is that which follows something as some other thing follows it. A well constructed plot, therefore, must neither begin nor end at haphazard, but conform to these principles.

Aristotle
marycatelli: (Reading Desk)
An article.

A little loose in their description, but it does cover quite a number to bring together unconnected characters.
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There's a shipwreck.  With my heroine and her companions on the ship.

Now, is it just before the story opens, or does it open the story?
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One third of the way through the outline, I estimate.

So, I deduce, the original idea was one third of a story idea.

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I know where the story begins.

At the point at which she gets her powers.
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Reading Phoebe And Her Unicorn from the beginning, online, is -- interesting.

You see, after several years, it got launched as a newspaper comic.  Which meant a whole pile of new readers had to be introduced from the start.

Some repeat comics, some using the same gag, some comics depicting the same events -- a distinct tendency to compress into one or two comics something that was a whole story arc earlier.  Like the spelling bee arc that introduced Max.
marycatelli: (A Birthday)
I began an outline, as I begin so many, with only the vaguest ideas about what would happen next.  That is, after all, why I outline, to make sure that something does happen next. . . .

Amazing, how much I mentally revised without actually changing the outline.  It comes out very clearly when I go to actually write the outline.
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Opening a story -- introducing this element and that -- and trying to remember that he's done that before. He's not new to school, to the beginning of the spring term, to the post he holds. . . .

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marycatelli: (Galahad)
The story starts with our heroine passing out posters to urchins, to hang them about the city streets for a fee.  The author is unhappy because --

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Sometimes the muse offers an idea that really is a beginning.  (Just because a story ends up with a beginning, a middle, and an end, doesn't mean the elements came in that order.)

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
What's the first thing you do when you win the battle against the evil sorcerer?
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Just because a story ends up written beginning through the middle to the end (however that fits into story time) doesn't mean it gets conceived or written that way.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
I had an inciting incident.  So I wrote up the outline that far.  And have all three characters with their packs ready to march off somewhere. . .
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
I have the beginning of a story.  The hero, a young man, is peripherally aware of something going on, involving a burglary with murder and theft in the backstory.  Because of an accident, he's swept into the thick of things:  he knows too much.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Pondering a story, I realized I could move the inciting incident much earlier than I had thought.

But not to the beginning.  There was still some set up needed.

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
sigh

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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