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Wow, I just noticed that for the past three weeks I have posted exactly once a week, and it was my original fiction update post. Life has been, oh, let's just say, busy lately. We are in software update season at work, I am finishing up my start-to-finish final editing of my old novel, Dis/Inhibition, and I am revisiting my fan fiction story The Destroyer, just to clean up some old typos and script formatting inconsistencies. Seeing as it is now permanently archived on Livejournal (may have to think of moving it....), it must be pretty!

And then of course first thing each morning, I spend an hour or two on this story. Still pulling out and playing with my stash of accumulated writing blurbs. I have to say, that tactic is really helpful in getting me writing. When you write in a linear fashion, from "what happens next" to "what happens next," you feel this pressure to finish each entire scene before moving on to the next. And no matter how crappy that entire scene is, it's still an entire scene. But writing a snippet of dialogue here, a passing character's thought there, a short descriptive bit, from anywhere in one's so-called outline? You can feel accomplished without having worked quite so hard, and you start to get a good sense of what parts of your so-called outline work and what don't and you get new, even better ideas that turn your so-called outline on its head and, well, it's working for me for the time being, so I'm sticking with this plan.

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spiletta42
Aug. 21st, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's how I write most comfortably too. FYI, I have plenty of web space available, if you ever want a backup location for The Destroyer. I don't have any spare login accounts, so it's not terribly flexible hosting, but you get what you pay for, after all.
masqthephlsphr
Aug. 21st, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
I have my own domain, www.atpobtvs.com. If I moved it, though, I would have to take the time to reformat my story for a non-LJ-entry location, and figure out how to allow readers to comment. A big part of the reason I don't move anything is the existing comments and comment capabilities on LJ.
spiletta42
Aug. 21st, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
No, I know you have a domain. I meant more of a mirror location, due to the epic nature of the beast, should you reformat. As for commenting, I have a script I use, but it attracts too much spam and I really need to replace it. When I get around to it, I'll be happy to share.
ann1962
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
But writing a snippet of dialogue here, a passing character's thought there, a short descriptive bit, from anywhere in one's so-called outline?

This is what I've always comfortably done, which left complete "scenes" behind. Lately I've been writing complete "scenes" and it has helped tremendously with getting a better feel for dialog, I've always had a tough time with dialog, but now there is less hair pulling.
masqthephlsphr
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
Dialogue's the part that is easiest for me. I always start a scene out with a bare-bones skeleton of dialogue, then start padding it it with action, description, and introspection. One reason all my scenes, in the end, seem like talking heads, I suppose, LOL.
cornerofmadness
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
If it's working, use it. I was doing the playing with the accumulated writing blurbs last night myself
masqthephlsphr
Aug. 21st, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
blurbs is the way to go with my brain, which tends to burble up random stuff at random intervals.
cornerofmadness
Aug. 21st, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
it works for me if i have a prompt to blurb off of
masqthephlsphr
Aug. 21st, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
I'm actually using my past blurbs as prompts to expand on or edit, and get more material. I have a good enough sense of where I want to go now to see one of my old blurbs and think, "Yeah, I can work with this," or "No, this is just way off-track," or "This is off-track, but it gives me an idea for something I am planning to do if I change this and this and this."
cornerofmadness
Aug. 21st, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
i can see that. I'm taking mine and finally putting them into the chapters they were always meant to become
masqthephlsphr
Aug. 21st, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's the eventual plan for me to. Trying to write "chapters" now is too ambitious and is making me procrastinate. I can't just plan out chapters and then write them. Gotta "grow" the story from multiple seeds until it eventually takes a shape.

Or some mixed metaphor like that.
cornerofmadness
Aug. 21st, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
hahaha, i usually just let it take me where it will but sometimes i get a bunny that makes me write it or go mad and it's way later in the story so i have to set it aside somewhere.
masqthephlsphr
Aug. 21st, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
It's the "setting it aside" part that makes you end up with piles and piles of random blurbs sitting around in the first place....
cornerofmadness
Aug. 22nd, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
well yes but sometimes i get these scenes for later in the story that just won't wait
masqthephlsphr
Aug. 22nd, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
Me, too. Kinda the point of my post.
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