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Writing Post 2


This isn't the post I wanted to make. 

I can't write anything much longer than 20 pages without getting distracted and going on to something.  Five pages if I have an outline.  I know a lot of people on my f'list finish novel length project after novel length project. 

How do you stay on task? 


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jongibbs
Dec. 29th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you need a longer outline :)
bodgei
Dec. 29th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
the longer the outline the shorter I have to complete the project before I get bord out of my mind.

But is that how you finish things - long detailed out lines? Inquiring Minds want to know.
jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think of outlines as the lump of clay from which I shape the finished story - of course, sometimes I break a chunk off and/or add a whole new dollop during the process ;)
bodgei
Dec. 30th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
that's pretty cool. I've never been able to really outline and not loose my zest for the story (I guess I'm a tried and true blank pager)

maybe that should be my next post - sort of a 'do you plan and *how* do you plan' post.
jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
I find it interesting how different people have such different, and often opposing, ways to get the job done. I guess there's no right or wrong way, just whatever works best for you :)
bodgei
Dec. 30th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
Oh totally.

And I'm always curious as to how people do things - I kind of want to know every ones process.

My one novel did have an outline - it was 13 lines long. One line for each chapter.
jongibbs
Dec. 30th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
Mine start out as a two or three line 'what if' idea eg: 'What if a tough, no-nonsense, spy got stuck inside the body of a nerd?' and mutate from there.

By the time I'm ready to start writing, I've usually got at least a page worth of notes for each chapter (most of which have been re-written and re-arranged several times).
bodgei
Dec. 30th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
cool.
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