Friday, July 24, 2009

7/23/09

I wish I were a better writer. One who could plan stuff and actually do it. I'm always interested in hearing how authors plot their novels. Some use note cards that outline the story while others write it down like an instruction manual. I tried to do note cards with Stalking Shadows, but I couldn't figure out all the bits of the plot so I started writing before I had it fully planned, and now I've thrown out all the note cards because I didn't stick to any of the things I had planned, except for putting Vicky in a coma. I don't even know how to layout chapters. I just realized that I'd gone 30pages without a chapter break, and previous chapters were on average about 10 pages. That's how I've been figuring chapters. Every 10 pages, chapter break. I know that's too simplistic, but I figure it's better than not putting chapter breaks in at all. Well, got what I wanted done. That new thing that I had introduced into the plot from yesterday has been toned down a bit, though I'm still working on it. I'm closing in on the end of Chapter 11. Man, it doesn't seem like I've gotten very far at all.

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