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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 03:44 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.