marycatelli: (A Birthday)
I have heard Phoebe and Her Unicorn compared to Calvin and Hobbes.  I have also heard Frazz compared to Calvin and Hobbes. . . .

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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: (Cat)
Ah, time for the faction sheet.

A useful sheet, like the character sheet, to help you keep track of what's going on.  There's nothing like multiplying the number of different things that characters want to make the story complex. (As long as you keep them clashing. It matters a lot less how strong the desires are than that they can't all get what they want. )
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marycatelli: (Galahad)
In one respect, Amber is much more epic than Lord of the Rings.   It involves scads upon scads of worlds, and their fate.

It doesn't feel like it.

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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: (Rapunzel)
The heroine has an invisibility cloak.  I had planted it in the first scene and given the explanation why she still has it.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
So plugging along on the revision and thinking, I really need to stick some padding in there. . . .

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marycatelli: (Cat)
I had thought nothing of it.  The three students still on speaking terms with parents or guardian and not within easy walking distance got letters.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Thinking again about the metaphor of the Valley Full of Clouds as I meander metaphorically through one, blazing the trail. . .

Only too accurate in one respect.

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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: (Baby)
Tripping merrily along on the story for several scenes before it occurs to me:  two of the characters, students, are still minors.  Their parents may be significant.
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marycatelli: (God Speed)
sigh

There's disadvantages about unpacking the story in multiple points of view.
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ensembles

Aug. 11th, 2015 11:37 pm
marycatelli: (A Birthday)
The opposite end of the Harry Potter situation where even the two most major characters barely get subplots is the ensemble, where many characters are important, sometimes leaving the main character role split up.
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
So, how many characters does this short story need?
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Sometimes the oddest things turn up in revision.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
experiments, experimental pieces. . .

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marycatelli: (God Speed)
plugging through the story, reflecting on what the heroine is thinking about. . . .

Well, there's what she should be thinking about, and conscientiously is.  Considering that covers both her official duties, and the secret but vital tasks, far more crucial than the official ones, that does indeed give her much to think about.

Meanwhile, she's in love.

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