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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)
There's an old writing proverb:  don't get it right, get it written.
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
"Of all plots and actions the episodic are the worst. I call a plot 'episodic' in which the episodes or acts succeed one another without probable or necessary sequence." -- Aristotle

"When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand." -- Raymond Chandler
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mud

Jun. 13th, 2016 10:35 pm
marycatelli: (Strawberries)
Mud, Mary, mud.  remember the mud.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Take notes when revising a novel.  There's no other way.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
sigh Contemplating a novel in revision -- does it work?  Do the parts fit together?

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juggle, juggle, juggle. . . .  the fun things you find when revising.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
It helps to revise at a canter.  Because the big question on revision is the big picture.  Not whether this scene is dramatic or effective enough, but whether it contributes to the setting, the characterization, the plot, or the theme -- and preferably several.

Which means you need to hold it all in mind and revising at a canter helps with that. Especially since you need to read what you wrote and not what you thought you wrote. A scene that would be useful if only it was what you imagined. . . .

This can be awkward if you can't apply yourself steadily to it.

excision

May. 23rd, 2015 11:22 pm
marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Ah, the delights of revision.  Pulling something out is one of the greatest. . . .

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on the way

Apr. 11th, 2015 11:56 pm
marycatelli: (A Birthday)
May have to revise the scene where they arrive at the inn.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
so poking around with short stories.  There are also novels and even novellas in progress to go out, but with short stories I consider whether to go back to the trunk to pull out more tales.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Ah the delights of revision.

Escape.  Not metaphorical, or for the reader.  The characters need to make an escape.

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
Ah, the fun of discovering a story's theme only on revision. . . .

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
So it's all figured out.  How the father got cursed, and it's a way that explains why it was the curse it was, and ties in with his other actions that complicate our heroine's life. . . .

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So there were these two bit characters.  I first introduced them, dead.
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So where shall they marry?

Without thinking of it, I had had both weddings take place at the bridegroom's residence in the first draft.

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A discussion of what to do and how to do it.

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