Oh, that sad little stack of scenes. Not enough ideas to make a story, but the original thought that sparked the idea of it is just too good to let go.
I have so many of these! The main issue with these is that they need to be written to see if further ideas can be built on the original idea. An actual outline might, or might not, be useful here. I tend to deal with these stories in one of two ways.
Since I was asked how I do outlines, I decided to blog my answer instead of just commenting. Mostly because that way I can add a blog post for today, which will make me feel like I accomplished something, lol.
There are lot of myths we as writers tell ourselves, and which we take as orthodox about how we write.
“I can only write linearly. Scene by scene, otherwise it doesn’t work.”
“I need the right music, otherwise I’m thrown out of the story.”
“I need perfect silence to write.”
“I need inspirational art so I can see the story.”
As much fun as it has been to just write scenes, I’m beginning to feel the lack of narrative flow (not a surprise, lol). It’s one of those situations where what’s good for nanowrimo isn’t always good the rest of the year. I’m also carrying style between different stories, and I don’t like it; I want each one to have it’s own voice, not mimic each other.
“Write what you know.”
gorgeous calico is annoyed
This is probably the most frustrating bit of advice ever, and is no doubt responsible for more crappy, semi-autobiographical ‘fiction’ than the world deserves.
Post-nano, I’ve done a lot of thinking about writing by scene instead of by story, and I’m tweaking it a bit.
During the end of this latest nanowrimo, I adore it because it didn’t require me to think a great deal, just vomit out the story I had in my head, rather than having to force myself to figure out what was happening next in the story I had been writing before.
Having played with it a bit in the last couple of weeks, I think I need to add a slight bit of discipline to it. I’m going to go with three, maybe four stories that are very prominent in my mind, and stick to those.
I’ll write the story for as long as it works, rather than just one scene. Only switch when it becomes a chore, and then only to one of the others on my list. It’ll be interesting to see how this works out!
the inner noise by janaschi
Hah, I realized after my last post that I probably should have clarified a bit more.
Most stories need a certain amount of exposition. That is, the reader needs to have certain amounts of information in their possession for the story to make sense. Otherwise they toss the book at the wall (or delete it from the ereader).