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May 31, 2013

I’ve been kicking around a notion that needed a reason in one of the subplots. Came up with the reason on vacation; now to comb it back through the bits where it would have been, had I hit on it earlier.

This touches on the question of outlining vs. “pantsing” in a way, except I don’t think it makes any difference in this case. I can’t conceive of any detailed outlining procedure that would have brought me to the “aha” moment any sooner.

The underlying fact is that there’s only so much structural work I can do on a project before I *must* start setting down actual prose. Even if it’s only a character sketch (in my case, a scene involving the character that may or may not ever see the light of day) I need the crocodile to look like itself in order to keep me interested.

Perhaps I’m too interested in the brushstrokes…but I do have the picture in my head the whole time. It just shifts around a bit as I go.

In the meantime, scenery:

Sunset Bay State Park, OR

Sunset Bay State Park, OR

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  1. May 31, 2013 8:46 am

    Pantsing is cruel, but sometimes it needs to be done to reveal the layers underneath. Oh, wait, I don’t think that’s what you meant.

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