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druid wrote:I'm wondering why you prefer the mystery genre.
druid wrote:Sue Grafton is quite successful, but she wrote seven novels before finally getting any published. She then wrote TV screenplays for 15 years and began to understand plot structure. She's thus a model also for patience and determination.
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John Dodds wrote:Oh, and I highly recommend Mur Lafferty's excellent podcast, "I Should Be Writing" which addresses problems like this, and many others that us writers face.
Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:24 am Post
druid wrote:If I just wrote on auto-pilot, I'd have to scrap all the tangents and digressions and start all over.
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John Dodds wrote:Towards the END of the book, I write the outline in more detail. And at this stage, completing the very rough outline helps me decide exactly where the book is going at last.
Hugh wrote:But doesn't it become frustrating when you have to lop limbs off your story when they fail to work?
Tue Dec 15, 2009 5:38 pm Post
Hugh wrote:What I'd really like to know from non-outliners is: Doesn't seat-of-the-pantsing take longer and require more effort?
OK, that may be impossible to tell, and may not even be an issue if you're writing purely for your own pleasure and not the bank manager's. I can also see why it may be ultimately more creative in certain senses if you can follow your instincts as you write rather than a pre-decided structure. But doesn't it become frustrating when you have to lop limbs off your story when they fail to work? And difficult if you're trying to create a tautly plotted mystery or thriller? Don't you regret the wasted hours?
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