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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami November 7, 2014 - 8:08pm

Your own work, or is this something you have to think about? I've always had to battle the association of my work with not really having much of a plot.

I could elaborate, but as you know, I tend to go on and on sometimes. particular about plotting book by knowing what happens in the middle.

Like for example:

  • They arrive at the big event.
  • They get themselves in trouble.
  • They try to get themselves out of trouble.

After the first five or so character arcs are written. Yet now it's like reverse engineering a 1,000,000 year advanced universe shuttle. Good luck with that.

The only thing that's remained is, I now know the longer the book the longer I spend establishing character at the beginning. Though I don't mean laundry lists. More like "the story collection before the main plot" sort of thing.

Like, if I know there are two sisters. And one tends to -- I don't know something random -- chop down tress, then I pre-plan it as if we already see hints of her liking to cut down tress before the main plot happens that gets them in trouble. I can establish who they are first before the plot begins.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated November 8, 2014 - 2:27am

Why you care

What is going on

Who is going to do what about it

Someone on fire or something

Seems like a good place to stop writing 

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami November 9, 2014 - 11:11pm

I ended up figuring out 22,500 words on my cyberpunk novel just by accident. Although at this point I kind of hate the term cyberpunk, in a way I can't really articulate into English at the moment.

That and looks like it's not close to stopping till 30K, well without an abrupt ending.

I may have mentioned once, I'm more of a novelette person being more suited to 10K. I got around that by plotting as two different books with a tie in at the end of chapter 10.

Edit: And what do you know, got a 30K novella under my hat.