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Post  Fanmale on Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:35 pm

I'm struggling a little with this, I know that there is usually a structure when it comes to working out the plot, and some people prefere to work on the 'fly' whilst others plot every last little twist and turn down to the last tiny detail. Can anyone say what works best for them or how they have found it easier to work out? Thanks
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Post  MistyBlue on Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:27 pm

Its quite a tricky one Fanmale. I don't think it can all be explained in one post, as people have written entire 'help books' on the one element alone. Basically if you're stuck with your plot it might be better to get your synopsis sorted out before writing. At least then you are not in danger of your story going every which way and all crazy directions, which does happen, and then you can become so confused you don't know how to end the story.

Having said that, some people MUCH prefer to start with just an idea and begin writing, letting the story and characters guide them along. It works well for some but not others unfortunately. Some believe that writing this way allows the story to turn out far less stiff and contrived.

Whichever way you choose to do I it, I believe that after writing one book you will probably realise which is the best method for you and until you have your first draft in the bag, you may never know which works best for you. All the best of luck from me, and I hope others will come a long and impart their own opinions. Smile

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Post  Fanmale on Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:14 am

Thanks misty, it makes sense. I always seem to get to just a climax in the story or a preconflict event, and then I struggle to find a resolution or even the cause of the event. I suppose it just involves a lot of brain twisting and wringing. hehe
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Post  Martin on Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:24 am

I grab an idea, sketch a rough beginning, middle, end, by that term I mean a loose sketch then I wing it all the way in the hope that it makes sense somehow Laughing
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Post  SammyR on Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:39 pm

Martin wrote:...... I wing it all the way in the hope that it makes sense somehow Laughing

I totally know what you mean lol
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Post  MistyBlue on Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:02 pm

Outlines tend to scare the hell out of people, when you'd have thought 50K+ words ought to do that better? Smile

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Post  Crakan68 on Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:14 pm

I have to outline even for a short story, can't imagine writing a whole book without some sort of preparatory notes? Although I'm sure there are those who pull it off and do it well!

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Post  Martin on Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:06 am

Yes that's the problem, winging it means your bound to run into a tangled up mess of events at some point. Much better to be organised (at least partially) and have a clear idea of the following:

BEGINNING
<-- wing it
MIDDLE
<-- wing it
END

That's my philosophy lol!
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