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One Of Those Turning Points

It's one of those days. Best summed up in five little words: I submitted the novel today.*

Leaves me the rest of the week to work on the rewrite on "Sacrifices" and "Tigerfly" before diving into the outline for the novel sequel. The plotting seminar with Tim Powers this weekend at Context was instructive, and I definitely want to crank the twists and turns in the followup book as the story becomes more and more a "secret history." It always was my intention to take what I like about Powers and King, and tell my own kind of story. Now I get to see whether I succeeded.

* -- I just hit the send button, responding to a request.


Oct. 2nd, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
Very cool! Congrats. Hope the novel works its magic on the requester!

Any details you could share about the Powers seminar? Sounds like a great class to take.
Oct. 2nd, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
It was good. Just too short at 90 minutes, though much of what he espouses are things you do on your own. You can't really brainstorm a plot, because the twists and turns aren't you if they don't come from your own imagination.

His method is very OCD, lots of free writing at the beginning where he clears the cobwebs and just bursts ideas onto the page without any restraints. He pares that down after the fact and picks and chooses ideas that stand out and progresses from there to develop the plot.

Another point he made was the construction of character biographies and asking what someone wants most in the world and what they want least in the world. The two don't necessarily need to be polar opposites, and probably shouldn't be set up that way.

Then it's just a matter of mixing those characters and their aspects together. He uses notecards for mapping every action, and then plots those events out on a calendar/timeline so he can move variables around if necessary until he comes up with the flow.

Divide into three acts, pick the starting point for the narrative (which isn't always the beginning of the timeline) and you're just left with the writing at that point.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! This is great stuff.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome.

Hoping to use it for the next book. Always need to set the bar higher.

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