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When opting for stirring up a story with Chandler's rule, I always have to decide what, exactly, is the man coming through the door with a gun in his hand.

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moon time

Jul. 21st, 2017 09:44 pm
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It's a classic of the planetary romance genre, to have a few moons floating about the sky, just so you know it's not Earth.

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firebirds

Apr. 16th, 2017 12:07 am
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 I mentioned, in the first paragraphs, that there were unicorns and firebirds in the forest.  Some local color to add clues about magic.  Above and beyond the fact that the woods involved are always in dusk. . . you can't be too careful in cluing the readers in.

A unicorn has appeared.  Twice.  In plot significant ways.

I wonder if a firebird will as well.
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Recently read something that recommended flash fiction for practice writing.  It's so short that you can do it easily. . . .

Well, maybe.

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The adventures of the games of names. . . . I have a character named Caroline.  And while it's set in a fantasy world, the first thought that came to me was "Is that a medieval name?"

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Stories take place.  You need a place to put 'em.

The annoying thing about this story is that while I know what sort of building it's in -- a heavy duty magical set up -- I don't know where it is.

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Thought of another justification for the masquerade, why magic lurks among us but we don't know it -- so that urban fantasy can take place in a world that is not alternate.

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Read yet another urban fantasy with overt magic -- and so, of course, the admission that it's not the streets we know, it's an alternate history.  It may be a factor of selection, but it seems to me that they are increasing in number.

Long tradition of that.  Back to before the time when they called it urban fantasy.  Robert A. Heinlein's "Magic, Incorporated," and Poul Anderson's Operation Chaos are classics of the genre.

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It's often a mistake to get down into the metaphysical principles of a fictional world.

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thought up a new in-universe motive for the masquerade where the mundanes are unaware they are surrounded by magic.

The mundanes dun it.

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Had two half ideas -- a magical system and a plot incident -- actually a fair chunk of plot, since that event had a lot of backstory.  How convenient -- plot and setting in one.  Was mucking about and putting them together this way and that.

The outline was not jelling.
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One thing Harry Potter does better than many is the masquerade concealing the wizards from the Muggles.

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You start with what you start, when developing a story.  But some starting points are more productive of story ideas than others.

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Wrote an outline once.  Wasn't happy with it.  Poked it around a few times. . . .

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sitting down with the outline -- enough with notes, I know the opening scenes, and it won't jell on its own.

So I sit there and realize that I have four characters.  One man is caught outside an area effect because he had to go pick up a delivery outside normal hours -- a combination of wasting time decyphering badly filled out forms, and slacker co-workers -- and one woman and two youngsters are because of a problem with a bus-equivalent, such that they could only cram as many as they could on one bus.

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