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A bunch of supervillains with no need for a gun came crashing through the metaphorical door.

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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)
Was working on a story with an obvious end, but an equally obvious "to be continued" sign on that ending.

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Plugging around on my outline.  Massive fairy tale mash-up, avoiding all the top 20 pop tales.

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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: (Cat)
Had to restart an outline.  The action rose too high, too fast -- I would have had to cut it off, and that would have been murder on the plot, to throw danger away. . . .

But the problem was that a thing was attracting monsters.
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marycatelli: (East of the Sun)
In folklore -- especially if you cross cultures -- creatures have all sorts of weaknesses.  You wouldn't dare put them in a random generation table for a role-playing game.
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
I have the beginning of a story.  The hero, a young man, is peripherally aware of something going on, involving a burglary with murder and theft in the backstory.  Because of an accident, he's swept into the thick of things:  he knows too much.

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)

So, should the world-building of this story include the use of wands in magic?

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a draft

Dec. 9th, 2015 11:46 pm
marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Speedily a tale is spun, with less speed a deed is done -- as the Russian fairy tales put it -- but that was for oral tales.
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
I don't usually remember my dreams.  At all.  And I don't remember most of last night's.  The part where I was outlining a story on the slats of hexagonal pencils, that I do.  Don't know what I was using to write on them, but I remember I wasn't having any trouble about keeping them in order or running out, even though I was doing it incidentally among other things.
marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Glaring at an outline thinking I need, in Raymond Chandler's phrase, for a man to come through the door with a gun in his hand.  (Despite the tendency of that technique to make the story episodic.)

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Thinking again about the metaphor of the Valley Full of Clouds as I meander metaphorically through one, blazing the trail. . .

Only too accurate in one respect.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
With lilies.  Or more properly lily bulbs, which the students are planting, to figure out their properties. Quickly, because actually it's rather late to plant 'em.

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
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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sensawunda

Sep. 3rd, 2015 11:00 pm
marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
The elusive sense of wonder.  So hard to get in your fantasy. . .
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listing

Aug. 24th, 2015 11:31 pm
marycatelli: (A Birthday)
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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marycatelli: (God Speed)
sigh

There's disadvantages about unpacking the story in multiple points of view.
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