marycatelli: (Strawberries)
Actually, it may be a first time for some of the characters -- handy for explanations -- especially if it's the viewpoint character.
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marycatelli: (Strawberries)
 The characters go from place to place.  Four significant, heavily enchanted places. . . .

Two more such places come slipping out of the imagination.  Hinting, but not actually establishing that they can be useful plot twists.

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Time passes in stories.  Which means it passes even in the regions where a story of mine is taking place. . .

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timeliness

Mar. 4th, 2017 01:00 pm
marycatelli: (A Birthday)
So the boys are often wandering the labyrinth. Briskly. They don't want to be trapped there all night. . . .

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I knew where the characters were going, though they had no clue.  I carefully noted it down in the outline:  a labyrinth built of stone, roofed, with stained glass windows illuminated from within.  Obviously magical.

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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)
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: (Strawberries)
So the hero and another boy have been magically thrown through space -- it's a trap! -- and landed somewhere.

Somewhere indeed.  Gotta describe the location.  Especially since the boys are not complete fools, the first thing they will do is look around and see what happened to them.
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
And so it is -- not just here (WHOOT! go, you beautiful, glorious rain!) -- but in the story.  Rained all day.  Was still raining when Finette first meets the goblins.
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Still wrestling with a story that has a good chunk of tale before the heroine discovers what really gets the story rolling.  But I have managed to introduce the library.

And an odd little library it is, for one that appears in a fantasy work.  I think readers might like it themselves for pleasure reading.
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marycatelli: (Strawberries)
So the heroine of the tale is walking into the mill. . . .

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
The heroine has reached a market.  Besides having Events occur at it and being a wonderful place to foreshadow as she restocks and to fill in backstory as she hears gossip -- what a place to develop all that economics stuff that is so lacking in so many fantasy worlds.
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
An enchanted needle, of course.  Can't serve the same sort of function as a gun in the hand without it. . . .

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Well, the slow part's over with.  Having given them a good reason not to go through all of the Beyond, I turned around and gave them a really good reason to go.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Revising, revising. . . just about finished tearing out the first part of the scene, where the stage was set, and slapping in a new setting.  Entirely changing the building they were inside to a whole bunch of buildings, where they are outside.

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Details in prose draw the eye.  They announce what's important.  Which is why it is wise to curb your world-building in places, even allow the stereotypes to take control.

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