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How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

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Re: How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

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Re: How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

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Re: How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

Postby DrG2 » Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:22 pm

I have a beginning and an end and one or more waypoints. Then things happen.

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Re: How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

Postby mammamaia » Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:41 pm

i get an idea

i start writing

i keep writing till i get to the end

if timelines and subplots threaten to get tangled, i'll stop and do up a skeleton outline just to keep them straight...
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Re: How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

Postby pjsix10 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:09 pm

Ditto mammamaia. I let the idea drive the action: so much so that I think the characters are in charge more times than I am. :)

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Re: How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

Postby AlfieC » Thu May 08, 2014 5:54 am

I start by sitting on the sofa daydreaming. An idea will float into my head and I ask myself, what next? It usually ends up with me babbling away to myself as I brainstorm different ideas. The main points are written down and away I go. I prefer to complete a scene played out in my head - or most of it - before I write it. Things change as I go, but I prefer to have a rough plan to work with.
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Re: How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

Postby cynfranks » Thu May 08, 2014 10:38 am

Ask yourself, "What would Dickens do?"



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Re: How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

Postby shadowwalker » Thu May 08, 2014 11:10 am

I try not to daydream about my stuff any more. I find that if I don't write it down, the best words/phrases are lost - either through memory or interest. Maybe it's an age thing, maybe it's just that I hate retyping what I've thought, but I want my fingers on the keyboard when I'm doing anything with the story.
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Re: How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

Postby shadowwalker » Thu May 08, 2014 11:34 pm

"It seems rather like wanting to be ... a writer, rather than wanting to write. It should be a by-product, not a thing in itself. Otherwise, it's just an ego trip." - Roger Zelazny

It's really not that hard. Just tell me a story.

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