Just start and see what happens

Can I whine about outlining again? Sure I can, it’s my blog.

So I tried to start with Rachel Aaron’s system but I didn’t make any progress. I still only have a vague idea of my plot and my characters, and instead of helping me developing them, following a structure felt too rigid for me. I just couldn’t do it. I wrote down some notes but soon had run dry.

In my desperate search for help I listened to a few episodes of the writingexcuses podcast. I don’t know which episode it was but Dan Wells talked about how he starts writing the story to get a feel for it before he writes down his plot.

That sounds absolutely perfect! The vague idea grows as I’m writing and while I do that, I collect notes and outline snippets in a separate document. That process is actually pretty much how I write fanfiction, that’s probably why it feels so familiar.

Currently we have Camp NaNo to write our novels but writing this story will take much longer than a month. This will be a project for at least half a year if not more. But it will be a learning opportunity because I intend to apply the various flavors of writing advice I collected over the years to this story.

As part of this process and to force myself to keep going at it, I’m posting the story here under the category Dragon.

dragon cover

So basically, I’m publishing the story as it grows. Is that wise? Probably not. I never said that I am wise. I’m posting my unedited first draft for everyone to see and that’s a big No No. What if I need to retcon something, make huge changes? What if I want to publish it as a book and it exists in this alpha form here? You know, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

For now this is just a fun experiment.


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