We are watching Buffry for the first time ever. We’re on Season 2. Best thing since sliced bread. 🙂 Do not spoil it for me.
Writing question when will we start to get installments again? Friday’s just aren’t the same lol
When we’re done with Hugh and KD 10. Hugh’s book fits into the storyline so we kind of have to knock it out before we start Magic Triumphs.
In Stephen King’s book “On Writing” he says that the writing process for him is like an archaeological dig. He knows that there is a story there, but he doesn’t know the details or the end until he starts writing. Do you write like that? Do you have a general idea and direction for a story and then start writing? Or do you find having an outline helps?
Either way, do you always know the ending to a story? Or have you ever been writing when an ending came out of nowhere and changed what you were doing?
No, we pretty much know the beginning and the end. Not the finer details, but the general gist of the arc. Having outline helps but we keep it brief. So a typical hypothetical story might go something like this.
Main outline, usually done on dry erase board.
- Ascanio wants Derek to help him with Julie, because she’s been acting weird and now disappeared.
- Weird things Julie does: redacted for spoilers
- Stuff that would be too spoilery
- Good guys win
Then we start outlining block by block as we write. So block of scenes gets outlined and written, the second block of scenes gets outlined, and then written, etc.
Block of scenes;
- A bunch of kids hire Derek to get their “kitty” out of the attic.
- Ascanio makes fun of Derek, but comes to help for funnies.
- Kitty is a horrible monster with a litter of young.
- They’re tired and beat up, Ascanio tells him Julie is missing and she has his car keys.
Individual scenes are unpacked as they are written.
“You let her borrow your car?”
“Have you seen her drive?”
The bouda shrugged.
“Why the hell would you do something that dumb?”
“She said please.”
I looked at him.
Ascanio shrugged again. “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”
We usually know the final scene, but occasionally it does change. Like we wanted a firmer HEA on Wildfire, and our editor wanted it more open. We left it more open.