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  • #31
    I found Brandon Sanderson's lectures to be helpful -- he talks about outlining vs. discovery writing and the pros and cons of each. Some authors use what he calls the "points on a map" approach, where they know the main places they want to go with the plot but get there via discovery writing. I couldn't find the exact video I watched, but there are some listed here: http://www.writeaboutdragons.com/brandon_w2012/

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      I might have a plot; now to develop it. I have work to do....
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      • #33
        Originally posted by Kind Debater View Post
        I found Brandon Sanderson's lectures to be helpful -- he talks about outlining vs. discovery writing and the pros and cons of each. Some authors use what he calls the "points on a map" approach, where they know the main places they want to go with the plot but get there via discovery writing. I couldn't find the exact video I watched, but there are some listed here: http://www.writeaboutdragons.com/brandon_w2012/
        I like that idea. I'll have to watch the video... eventually...


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        • #34
          Originally posted by Zymologist View Post
          For any of you that write fiction, how do you plan out your story? Whether it's a short story or a novel. Do you outline, wing it, or something else? If you outline, is there any particular method you follow?

          I've got some ideas for my own writing, but planning is something of a hangup. I'm curious if any of you have any ideas on it.
          Always outline. Know where you're going, and stick with a structure. I have a story I'm waiting to write until I get a laptop again, I had an idea for a setting then I created a character with attributes. I gave him a role and a background and figured out what his end would be. I knew there was meat inbetween the start and end that had to be filled out, but the real story doesn't end with him, I created two more characters to demonstrate a coming of age story and perhaps romance and figured out how to tie them into the original characters story as the meat. Book 1 is structured in 5 acts each with their own conflicts (because conflict drives everything in fiction, action, drama and comedy) with act 5 wrapping up an over arching issue.

          The two other characters will appear in acts 1 and 3 respectively one minorly, the other as support.

          I'm trying to be vague because the details don't matter for telling you my process, but I still am using an example to demonstrate.
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