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How to write a novel

Postby charlesp » Mon Sep 11, 2006 10:00 am

good little (not so little) blog entry on how to write a novel... good prep for Nano

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Postby CycoMerlin14 » Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:23 pm

That was actually a funny entry on novel writing.
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Postby Jamie Ford » Tue Sep 12, 2006 8:53 am

Interesting read. I thought the spiel about outlining was interesting. I tend to start with a handful of key scenes, in addition to an intro and an ending. Then once I'm about 1/4 of the way in, I step back and outline everything, just for flow and pacing. I break from the outline all the time, but at least it gives me a base to work from.
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Postby pengwenn » Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:18 pm

I'm a free-flowing writer myself. If I start imaging things that I want to heppen after the part I'm working on I take notes but it's not anything in an "outline" form. It's just:

- Maggie goes to grocery store, tips over oranges
- new dent in car when she leaves-black paint
- ticket for running stop sign hidden behind tree

If I do this hopefully I'll remember what/why I wanted those scenes when I get around to writing them. But I like the "explore as you go approach".
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Postby Etto » Mon Dec 04, 2006 9:55 pm

Pretty cool! It did start out a little tongue-in-cheek, but I really loved the spreadsheet idea. Don't know how it'll work for me, but just looking at that organized novelness made my muse happy.

The more I think about it, the more I love it. Copy and pasted it into a Word document (frothing rage is right, but it works!). It was funny, unexpected, and helpful! Thanks for the link, charlesp! :-D
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Postby cherbo86 » Tue Dec 05, 2006 11:12 am

Good article. Funny yet very informative.
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Postby Mlou » Tue Dec 05, 2006 1:21 pm

Enjoyed her takes on novel writing. I didn't know it was so inventive to use a spreadsheet. I made one for mine BUT on superwide paper, with the timeline as the main theme. That way I didn't end up with characters in 2 places at once, or doing something one day, when they couldn't have known about the incident that caused them to do it, until the NEXT day. Worked out pretty well...I hope. Until some reader somewhere calls my attention to a major boo-boo!
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