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Still Outlining [Jan. 13th, 2013|10:31 pm]
CritiWriting: Let's Critique Eachother's Writing!



I mostly just fleshed out the early events and am starting to outline how the story should get to the later ones. I love writing the stuff that drives the story towards the climax once I have it down, but I hate how hard they can be to outline.

Oftentimes ideas come along that flesh things out at this phase and I'm glad for it. I gave Lys a sort of rival/partner figure and that so far is working out nicely. I also made Dr. Marten an actual character that exists past the prologue. They filled voids in the cast that I think were necessary to fill. One gives Lys some tension in the workplace and internally and the other provides a bridge between what's happening to Zane and the company that started this.

I'm hoping to start really writing this by the week after next, but I won't pressure myself too much yet. I want this outlined completely before I start. No big holes, no point where I just start winging it. This will go much more smoothly and be better structured than Sirenia.

I've been reading something to help my writing be more concise and detailed too. It's an editing book called 'The 10% Solution' and so far it's been pretty decent reading. It's mostly just about trimming the fat in your book to provide pointed, purposeful writing. It's really more about editing your work than actually writing it, but I've learned some lessons from it that I intend to use here.

[User Picture]From: asriopia
2013-01-14 09:47 pm (UTC)
Good to hear you're making progress! :D

How good is that 10% book? It sounds interesting! And extremely useful. :| Goodness knows my stories suffer from bloat.
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[User Picture]From: parakain
2013-01-16 11:57 pm (UTC)
It's fairly useful. It's less than 100 pages so it makes for a nice handbook and goes over things like the effectiveness of using certain words (how "by" is passive; for example: 'he was hit by a pie' is less impactful than 'the pie hit him') and gives you a list of words/endings to search for that are common pitfalls.

It also goes over a lot of stuff I think would you know from your technical writing background and also has a lot of the author patting himself on the back a lot (it has lots of name drops too :|) which diminishes its usefulness and is kind of annoying. But I did take what I feel are some good lessons home from it.
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