Monday, January 30, 2012

How Some People Think Books Are Written




I swear, I spend more time changing stuff and doing stuff over than anything else combined... but I guess before I can write the book, sometimes I have to figure out what it's not.

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15 comments:

  1. I know it's not really how the process looks in the end, but I'm a very linear writer. In fact, I have problems moving forward if I can't write the part of the story I'm at right then. It's...odd, even for me.

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    1. I am too, in the sense that I have to write "in order." I have a lot of twists and reveals that get too confusing otherwise. But man, I start over a LOT.

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  2. Gosh, yeah, I'm in the middle of that giant squiggle right now. As always, your illustrations are dead on. ;-) Though I have the same issue Josh has...I can't really skip ahead. I have to go chronologically for some silly psychological reason or another.

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  3. I knew I really liked you, L.C.

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  4. *DIES LAUGHING* Oh, this is brilliant. SO, SO TRUE.

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  5. Almost all of the great books are written in this way. The Fault in Our Stars took 10 years! That's what I say to encourage myself.

    @everyone - I have to go chronologically too. But it makes sense, since my stories are pushed along by character interactions. Something so small as a character neglecting to say something can change the whole scene following it.

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    1. Very true. For me, character has to drive plot--and sometimes the character motivation shifts unexpectedly while I'm writing a scene, and the "future" for the story changes dramatically. I try to write in order so I can embrace that.

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  6. That is brilliant! its exactly how a book is written! How I wish the first one was right!

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    1. I'm glad you like them! I like drawing them! :)

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  8. brilliant! i have to write the first draft chronologically, but the edits and rewrites (chronological) and restarts and deletions and subplots and new or condensed characters... whatever... i think there's a lot of criss-crossing in my novel writing diagram.

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  9. Katie, I love this post! My writing process follows the second chart. (Can we call it a chart. Maybe winding journey is better). :)

    I'm a new follower. It's great to meet you!

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