marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Two sisters, both named in the outline, and one written into the story. . .

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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: (A Birthday)
Sometimes the muse offers an idea that really is a beginning.  (Just because a story ends up with a beginning, a middle, and an end, doesn't mean the elements came in that order.)

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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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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Most military stories -- and non-fiction -- are about the front-lines.  That's where the drama naturally graviates.

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

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memory

Oct. 21st, 2014 11:46 pm
marycatelli: (A Birthday)
One of the things I find hardest to deal with in a story  is memory loss.
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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
Was reading a book about fairy tales coming true.

When the heroine suggested a mover instead of a prince to escape the wicked stepmother, the stepdaughter explained she had something the heroine knew meant her only escape was the canonical ones of marriage. . . .

Apparently no one told Kari Woodengown.

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marycatelli: (Cat)
grumble

For some reason, I've been running across people who imagine that the folklore is all clear and distinct between fairies and ghosts.
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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
It's one thing to figure out what the curse is, and how it got a loophole.

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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
So I'm pondering what my fairy tale princess will find next. . . it's not like she's even hunting for the golden bird or her lost husband, she just want to find her fortune. . . .
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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
One piece of world-building I've seen plenty of times in fiction:  that the magical creatures, the fairies, the elves, the what-have-you, are created, sustained, and molded by human beliefs in them.  They are what we think they are.
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Sometimes the hero has to do something tedious.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
With my long tail feathers floating as I fly, I circle around, circle around the boundaries of the earth. . . .

Used to sing that at camp.  It makes a nice round.  Also reminds me of my current Work-In-Progress situation.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
The more abstract a piece of inspiration, the hard it is to bring down to a story level.

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marycatelli: (Galahad)
I have twice run across an -- interesting analysis of characters.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Just because you have monsters loose in the land, doesn't mean that whenever the story stalls, you can have another one attack.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Plodding along on the outline's opening and middle, and every so often the muse hops up with "What about this?  Wouldn't this be neat?"  And at first, sure, throw it in, as long as it feels like the same story. . . .

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