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Ok, just a little post wondering how other people come up with ideas for stories/arcs etc... I seem to be a little bit random, and depending on my mood at the time, then odd collections of words or objects/people that I see, start to get incorporated into a statement, which then gets expanded into a story...or the beginning of one. I am trying to be good and focus on writing one thing at a time, at least until I run out of inspiration at a given moment and need to focus on something else...

So basically I don't follow any set plot planning - one day i might try, but for now, I use whatever random concepts come to mind (very random at ferret in an egg...??)

Date: 2011-12-28 04:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] smw
It's quite rare that I'm inspired to write a novel; it's usually a character who acts as the kernel around which everything else grows. Short stories are more likely to start from a neat idea.

As to how plot arcs come about, they start out a bit like short stories, after which I write until I realize I've gone in the wrong direction and start over. I do a lot of rewriting -- I'm prolific, so it's a process that works for me. I've never been able to stand back and plan a novel; it's essential that I have my hands dug right into it.

Date: 2011-12-28 05:03 pm (UTC)
smw: A woman sits at a typewriter, pages flying, a plug in the back of her awesomely big-curly hair. (Default)
From: [personal profile] smw
Say I know where my characters start and where I want them to end -- but don't know the middle. That's where I get down into the thick of things and start plugging along, writing whatever is neat/rationally follows what came before. A lot of the time, I'm wrong about how the sequence of events should go, or else inserted material that isn't necessary -- an evil of the process, I believe, as forward planning would prevent this sort of "Well, it seemed nice at the time, but it really isn't" problem.

Date: 2011-12-28 06:33 pm (UTC)
smw: A woman sits at a typewriter, pages flying, a plug in the back of her awesomely big-curly hair. (Default)
From: [personal profile] smw
Practice is absolutely the heart of writing. Thankfully it's not much of a hardship to do what you already love, right? *grin*

Date: 2011-12-28 06:46 pm (UTC)
smw: A woman sits at a typewriter, pages flying, a plug in the back of her awesomely big-curly hair. (Default)
From: [personal profile] smw
Ooh, that's an exciting place to be. If I may offer a suggestion? Pick up a grammar book and learn the rules. Trying to extrapolate from what you read and how you speak is no substitute for consciously knowing the how and why of language -- at least that's what I have found.

Date: 2011-12-28 05:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] auguris
My ideas mostly come from the fact that I have little people living in my head telling me what they do all day, and if I don't write it down I think I might go crazy.

Nebulous plots tend to form around clusters of characters, and I then have to wrangle said plots and characters into something coherent. Sometimes it works, sometimes I throw it in the 'oh god why' folder and never open it again. I didn't used to bother planning out where I'm going, but I've realized that I HAVE to or everything goes in the OGW folder.

Date: 2011-12-28 07:35 pm (UTC)
auguris: We are behind a woman who is sitting on the edge of a bed and playing her guitar. (Default)
From: [personal profile] auguris
Sometimes! There are definitely characters and ideas that I've been able to resurrect from the graveyard. It's just that the work as a whole, well -- you can fix a crooked cake, but you can't fix one that's been thrown in someone's face.

Date: 2011-12-30 06:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] noctuary
I start with one kernel of idea. Sometimes it's a theme, sometimes it's a particular scene or snapshot, sometimes it's a line of dialogue. I let it percolate for a while - maybe a couple of weeks - and eventually it builds up on itself. I take notes for a week or two (generally few of which end up contributing to the eventual novel) and then it develops itself once I start writing it.

This is generally how I do stuff for NaNo - I only start casting around for ideas a week or two before November, knowing that something will jump into my brain in time.


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