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Subject: Plot But Nothing Written
Date Posted: 4/16/2008 9:34 PM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2007
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Hello all! New writer here. I've been planning a plotline for a story for some time now. I feel like i've gotten the kinks worked out, but as soon as I sit down to type it....nothing. Nada. Zip. every scene comes out feeling stilted and put on, or disjointed and boring. Anybody had this problem? if so, how does one fix this? I'd really like to write Murder Most Royal, but the muse is being stubborn!

Date Posted: 4/16/2008 9:40 PM ET
Member Since: 4/11/2007
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Have you tried just free writing and not making your story fit into what you've already plotted? I tend to be more of a free writer and allow the characters some freedom to determine the plot.  I tend to be on the opposite side, not enough plotting before I write.

A great book I just finished is "Plot and Structure" by James Scott Bell. It is helping me find the happy medium.


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Date Posted: 4/17/2008 2:09 PM ET
Member Since: 2/12/2008
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I sometimes skip around and write different parts first.  Then I know where I am and where I am going, so all I have to do is get the story from A to B.  It keeps me from getting bored.  Sometimes you come up with something and you just want to write it you know?

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 9:20 AM ET
Member Since: 4/24/2008
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Everyine has a different method, but I plan only the rough outline of a story.  For me much of the fun and freshness of writing a scene is seeing just how it turns out as I go.

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Date Posted: 4/30/2008 2:41 AM ET
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I dont do the flowery parts of the story until the end. I pound out the basics until Ive got it finished then I go in and flesh it out. If I worried about making it pretty while Im working on the story Id never finish. I also never rewrite anything until Im finished with the basics. I wouldnt get anything done doing that either.

BTW by pretty I mean discriptive. Pretty for me is pretty dark it may actually be pretty for you.

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 8:25 PM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2007
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Ah, i see. Hmmm....well, I suppose I'll try and skip about a bit, prehaps that'll help me. I hadn't tried that technique before.


Thanks for the title! I'll look for it at the library next time i stop by

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 12:35 PM ET
Member Since: 3/3/2007
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I have the same problem, but I just keep pounding away - I'll fix everything later.  The first draft ALWAYS sucks.  But you're getting all of your ideas down, and all of the details you want to include.  In the first draft, I try to just tell what happens (any old way I can), without my inner editor criticizing everything.  Then in the re-write, I welcome my inner editor back to help me fix the language.

Best of luck, and don't give up!