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Plot Decisions

It seems to take me a while to move from scene to scene. I like to be swept along by my story as much as the next person, but I get speed-bumped every time by the question “What next?” I usually have ideas about what could happen, but often they turn out to be impractical for some reason, once I really think them through. Or I get to a decision point and am overwhelmed by the options. What would be the most interesting, most exciting, most character-revealing and plot-thickening path to take? It’s easy to get stuck. So how do I decide what happens next? Continue reading Plot Decisions

Series Structure

The story I’m writing is a series, because of the sheer amount of stuff that happens (and the quantity of words required to tell it). It does include some natural book-sized endings and conflict arcs, as well, although I have not yet figured that out for all the pieces of the story. I’ve been thinking about series a lot lately, in trying to get my own more organized, and doing research about writing them. Continue reading Series Structure

Backstory and Where to Start

I’ve always thought about my story as taking place at a certain point in the timeline of events in the story world, even though of course I’ve developed a lot of backstory for all the characters. I was really starting in the thick of the action, right before a big showdown (relatively speaking – a book’s worth of events leading directly to the showdown). I’ve read that starting ‘in media res’ is a popular and effective strategy, and apparently that’s what I was drawn to before I ever started thinking analytically about it. The problem was, there was too much background to explain, to make it clear how the characters had got to this point, and why it mattered. Continue reading Backstory and Where to Start