Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:45 pm Post
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:17 pm Post
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:50 pm Post
Jakob Hero wrote:The trick that always works for me is thinking: "This is a first draft. Write it. You cannot improve on anything, until it exists."
That and having the story plotted out, so I know where I'm going. I once tried pantsing a story, and it was horrible. Just slipping and sliding all over the place.
Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:39 pm Post
Jack Daniel wrote:The words 'write it' in the first advice imply 'just write it' which implies not being concerned about bigger picture concepts and just letting your art flow. That's exactly what a pantser does.
Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:20 pm Post
Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:42 pm Post
auxbuss wrote:The benefit I get from "pantsing" – I really dislike that word; there must be a better one – is the knowledge I gain about my characters. Whole sub-plots emerge from them without me doing any work, and said plots often bubble up into the main plot and become central.
Sometimes it feels like a real battle of wits. The character says, "No, I'm not doing that!", and we have to resolve it somehow – usually by writing a scene where we "discuss" it. Sometimes characters reveal astonishing facts about their past that compel me to act (in the story). I don't know that you can plan things like that. Things have to be on the page. The character has to have been committed – by the writer – and the character has to tell you, "Hold on a moment. There's something you need to know."
That probably reads like nonsense; but I find it one of the most magical things about writing fiction.
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:00 pm Post
auxbuss wrote:That probably reads like nonsense; but I find it one of the most magical things about writing fiction.
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:21 am Post
Jack Daniel wrote:That's smart, too, but what appears ironic to me here is that this thinking, and the earlier thinking, are in many ways mutually exclusive. The words 'write it' in the first advice imply 'just write it' which implies not being concerned about bigger picture concepts and just letting your art flow. That's exactly what a pantser does.
Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:54 pm Post
Jakob Hero wrote:That was what I meant by "Just write" - make a story structure and then set the characters free and just write. I guess you could say that I'm a structure plotter but a pantser when it comes to evertything else.
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:17 pm Post
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