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Offline mattlynn
03 Sep 2011, 10:31 AM | Post: #51

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RE: A question for authors

I plan the whole book....

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Offline Douglas E Wright Reading The Woman in Black
04 Sep 2011, 05:44 AM | Post: #52

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RE: A question for authors

I mainly go with the flow. But the tales are written many times until they become something I wasn't prepared for. I am tinkering a bit right now with plotting, however I am finding the exercise has me bored a bit with the process.
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Offline SimonHaynes
05 Sep 2011, 05:26 AM | Post: #53

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I've done 'tightly plotted' and I've done 'write where the mood takes you'. The former led to a longer, more structured book while the latter led to zany and crazy but more fun.
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Offline Nick Wastnage Reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flyn
05 Sep 2011, 02:11 PM | Post: #54

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RE: A question for authors

Simon. I like you have tried both. Now I plan loosely and then go with the flow, checking occasionally that I'm not so far off that I've lost myself.
Offline SteveScaffardi
11 Sep 2011, 03:03 PM | Post: #55

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RE: A question for authors

I have only written the one novel so far, but I found that once I had an idea, I just went with the flow. However, in saying that, I was constantly thinking where the story was going or how I could change it. I actually found that most of my really good ideas would come when I was sitting on the train to work or when I go out jogging.

And one thing I always do is I pick a playlist of songs - almost like a soundtrack to the story I'm writing - and the ideas really come thick and fast. It might not work for everyone, but it works for me! Smile

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Offline Geoff Woodland Reading The Help - paperback
12 Sep 2011, 04:37 AM | Post: #56

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RE: A question for authors

Because I like to write historical fiction I spend a huge amount of time on research. Everything has to be ‘true’ to the period and the story has to fit around certain incidents that happened. A major historical event is ‘locked in’, but I might move a certain small historical item in time (a few months or perhaps a couple of years) to fit the story, which is based around the major historical event.
As I read and research, the basic story comes to life in my head and I start writing. My wife is of the opinion that I like the research more than the writing. I don’t think so, but they are both very close. Smile
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Offline Roger Cave Reading Istanbul Puzzle
21 Sep 2011, 05:56 PM | Post: #57

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RE: A question for authors

Hi all

I actually plan the books in terms of where I want it to go. But as I have some many stories planned I can write one novel, using the ideas I formatted, while fine tuning the plot for ones in the future.

Needless to say, although I stick with the plots I've laid out, it's free format writiing once I start, and on occasion it changes track, or something comes to mind as I write. But isn't that part of the fun?
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Offline Shayne Parkinson Reading London: the Biography by Peter Ackroyd
22 Sep 2011, 05:32 AM | Post: #58

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RE: A question for authors

I have at least a rough outline before I start. I do make sure I at least know how it ends (or at least I think I know). Much of the outline will be vague, but there'll be a few scenes that I've envisaged in detail before I've written a word. The outline gets refined and filled in as the book gets written, and as it becomes clearer what needs to happen and in what order.

I like to get to know the characters before I start writing them. I let them bounce around in my head for a while, getting a feel for how they sound and how they interact. I make notes about them, and when I do start writing them it often involves scenes that I know will be discarded.
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Offline tssharp
22 Sep 2011, 10:00 AM | Post: #59

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I plan most of it, in a rough stage by stage process on paper, but the rest kind of fills itself in and mutates as the story and characters grow.
Offline DavidGaughran
22 Sep 2011, 01:56 PM | Post: #60

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RE: A question for authors

I take what I think is called the "flashlight" approach.

I make a very rough sketch (like 3 or 4 bullet points) of a chapter or two ahead of where I am, and just write - often ignoring said bullet points. Sometimes I don't even know how the sentence is going to end.
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