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The fun thing about writing little vignettes is that they may call for a first-person point-of-view who gets to make comments and express attitudes in a way a third-person narrator can't, but. . .

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There's one thing about piecing together a story, whether from vignettes or other visions.

At some point, you have to sit down and pick out the shape.  Random events do not a story make.  Especially in random order.

And if you don't watch out, you might write the same scene three times and have to throw out two.   Or maybe twist the plot to get them in, if you're lucky.

notes

Jun. 24th, 2017 11:31 pm
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It is useful to take notes on future paths for the story, IF --

You remember to consult them later.

It is very annoying to do so after several weeks of trying to figure out how to get the heroine to do something risky to look back and realize that I had made a note of the perfect motive, which would not only get her acting, but tie back into the other plot thread, AND put a time limit on her decision. 
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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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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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NaNoWriMo

Oct. 13th, 2015 11:17 pm
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Well, I'm going to NaNo this year.  The outline just came to an end.
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listing

Aug. 24th, 2015 11:31 pm
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Making a list and checking it twice. . . I've never written a novel without a character list.  What other lists are prudent has varied from work to work.

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experiments, experimental pieces. . .

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curses!

May. 18th, 2014 11:13 pm
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So I throw in a curse and a loophole in the backstory -- the heroine is her father's only child because she wiggles through the gaps of a curse on him, which (the curser thought) would prevent his ever having children.
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So, I come to a dry spot, and the outline moves very sluggishly.
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An author picks up a good number of tools in the writing toolbox.  None of which do the least good if you don't remember to use them -- any more than picking up a large reading vocabulary does if you don't learn the trick of using them while writing.
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NaNo or not

Sep. 6th, 2012 10:37 pm
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I even know the answer this year:  if and only if I get the outline done!

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Pondering the question of allusions in stories. . . having seen them done both well and badly. . . and have come to the conclusion that they are dangerous.

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"Show don't tell" is one of those rules you hear early in the writing life.  And it has its points.  It's a very odd story that can be told well without any showing, and a scene shown is almost always more dramatic than a scene told.

Still, there are places.

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Writers discussing the differences between the hero's journey and the heroine's.

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Day By Day

Jan. 26th, 2012 10:43 pm
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The characters are plugging along on the events of the plot, and there's the little question of how long does it all take?  In story time?

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One panelist talked about the Method -- the one she uses, which is digging up some reason and backstory for how she might end up as that character.  Not the one where you have to be like it, and be hungry if your character is.

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Philosophically pondering advice given in No Plot? No Problem?.  In particularly, two lists he advises.

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In Doctor Who, characters frequently duck behind the nearest piece of furniture to hide, and it usually works.  Even if the furniture has some hole in its structure. . . .

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