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I get inspiration from another work. Fortunately for me, it's an incidental point, or I took an element from the background and said, hmm, what if the exact opposite were true?

So little that it would be impossible to infer what the original was from my work.

BUT -- when I suffer from writer's block, for some reason, reading the original work, however unrelated, sometimes jogs loose that work.

sigh Sometimes the writing life is odd.
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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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Taking notes as I write along on a novel that's a massive mashup of fairy tales.

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"Of all plots and actions the episodic are the worst. I call a plot 'episodic' in which the episodes or acts succeed one another without probable or necessary sequence." -- Aristotle

"When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand." -- Raymond Chandler
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I've noticed that filing off the serial numbers is a continuing process.
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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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A little learning is a dang'rous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
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Was feeling cranky and wondering what story to work on. . . .

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so poking around with short stories.  There are also novels and even novellas in progress to go out, but with short stories I consider whether to go back to the trunk to pull out more tales.

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realism

Oct. 16th, 2014 02:45 pm
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Don't be led away by those howls about realism. Remember-pine woods are just as real as pigsties and a darn sight pleasanter to be in.

L.M. Montgomery

crowd scene

Feb. 4th, 2014 08:08 pm
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Ah, the linear nature of prose.

An illustrator, or an animator, has to deal with the time spent filling up the page with all the figures of the crowd.  A movie director needs to worry about the budget, with all those extras.
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My, what an open ended topic.

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The problem with pantsing is that you can end up with a lot of stuff in the work that needs to be excised or interwoven better.  This can happen even when you go pantsing on outlines.  The beginning is weak because I didn't really have a grasp on what was wrong with the Beyond.

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NaNoWriMo !

Dec. 1st, 2013 12:27 am
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Done, done, done!  Got it up to 50,000 words!  With two minutes to spare, even!

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When you are writing along on a scene and wonder whether you've done all that scene needs and ought to shift to the next -- the answer is Yes.
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Most of the time eating and drinking is wisely kept off the stage, during a story.

But this time I was plugging along in my outline and realized that I had had something happening that the heroine reacted to, without actually any notion of what she was doing at the time.  Kinda impossible, that, for her to be doing nothing.

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Sitting down to write from an outline means re-reading what I wrote months ago.

And when a knight appears on the field full of rhetoric about how he fears encroaching time and wishes to be as bold as possible before then, I go hmm -- yeah, that's central to his motive, but I didn't develop how others react to time.  I ought to do that.

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NaNoWriMo

Oct. 31st, 2013 11:13 pm
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Well, I dun it.  Finished up the outline with over an hour to spare, and I don't think I rushed it.   So I'm ready to roll.

I will make this post sticky and post progress here.

Updating!   Current total 50,000 words -- Success!

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sigh

It's easier, in some respects, to outline than to write the story.

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