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More writing insight....

I just realized I've been obsessed with comparison/contrast mode.  Most of the longer stories I've attempted have done this, long before I discovered InuYasha.

Slaps Pink's hand for being repetitive.   

Now, I am plotting a story that has absolutely NO comparison/contrast.  We won't know who the bad guy is until the end.  That's gonna be a change of pace.

Looks at twwltnw, which is still in cooldown mode.  Wonder if it'd be useful to write the braided bits (cause of course, *giving Pink the evil eye* I have comparison/contrast between the bad guys and good guys) each separately as much as possible.  That story is gonna be long by the time I finish it, I just know it...

Must be insight day.  Wonder what the Mercury aspects are?  LOL.

I also gave into the reality that I plot a hell of a lot easier using pen and notebook.  Put a card table behind me, have a notebook there, and if needful, can put my other laptop up there as well.  I'm actually getting a lot done!  Amazing!



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Jan. 6th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
First off, let me just say that I love your insight posts =)

I've been having a couple of eureka moments myself lately, though its been plotting wise instead of meta-wise. It's been really interesting to be aware of just how much my environment and the intake of it shapes my story ideas. I can't quite get back to my happy place for writing (suck it, moves >:( ) but I've been thinking very, very intensely about a story I'm a long way from writing, and its like each day another little piece of it falls into place.

That's so cool! =)

What's also cool is when something snaps into place like this, after you've been doing it for awhile but maybe not understanding why? Like, trying to put some sort of innate talent into words - its hard. Storytelling comes naturally to me, and the challenge is to change it up a little, or to tell more complicated stories. I don't think about it until after the fact, LOL.

And I plot exclusively by hand, no matter what I'm doing. I regret this sometimes because my handwriting is messy when I'm inspired, but I just can't take notes on the computer. The computer draft is the final draft, LOL.
Jan. 7th, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
Oh, environment definitely matters...I hear that one.

Yeah, as the guy was describing bits and pieces and where their idea part falls into a story, I kept going back to my completed version of After the End, which at 22,000 words is one of my longest complete, and me happy with it stories. And lo and behold, I had done most things about where in the story length they should have taken place..shocked me. LOL!

I love it when intuitive grasp becomes a known quantity.

Yeah, I can note on the computer, and have done it successfully in the past; I can get horrendous writer's cramp, and that can drive me to it, but nothing beats the control of leaning over a tablet; if I have to, I may compromise by writing notes on line, printing them off, and taking the print off back to the table to contemplate...
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