At 2/9/10 02:51 AM, Monocrom wrote:
It helps a lot if you have the entire story planned out in your head, or are very gifted at improvising if a character takes on a life of his own.
To be honest, that's what I did with the main villian in my ghost story thread. Damn bastard was only supposed to be in a couple of chapters. Next thing I know, turns out he likes killing. Who'd a thunk it.
However, I recognize that not everyone has that ability.
GUILTY AS CHARGED!!!!
I'm trying to write, but I really don't have a complete story all nice and planned out. What I find is as I write more of a story, I start adding or changing elements that ruin the continuity of everything. The result is that I end up rewriting chapter 1 about a billion times to make things fit, but never seem to get to progressing any further in a story.
I've got a couple ideas for a warrior under an empire who fights a war, and then switches sides after finding out the emperor doesn't actually exist (ala 1984 Big Brother), and then does.....some other things......I dunno.
But when I started writing it, I put the whole thing in space. After a couple pages, I decided it was too much like a bad Star Wars fan fic, and put the whole thing on the ground, editing everything before it. Wrote a couple more pages, and now it's back in space, and now I'm re-editing all the stuff to put it back in space again.
Anyone got tips for me? Do I just keep writing to get things "on paper", and then edit once all my ideas are down, or should I do thought bubbles or an outline or something?
It's not just plot, but I do the same thing with characters too. They may start off as chiseled and hardass, but halfway through a story I find I'm turning them into butterfingers nerdy wusses who swing by through luck or other characters. Then I retcon the story to reflect the changes.
Basically, I get stuck rewriting Chapter 1 a million times to make it better, and struggle with moving on.