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Structure and Outlines pt 2

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, August 25, 2013, In : Writing 

I have recently starting something that I am calling the Fairy Tale Project (FTP). I am working out the most productive way for me to outline and to write to an outline by doing plot breakdowns of old versions of fairy tales and then rewriting them. I've found it really easy to write using these plot breakdowns. The breakdown is basically a list of plot points, similar to what I was using for the story I was writing in February. In this case, however, I’m seeing which of those plot points a...


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Structure and Outlines pt 1

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, August 18, 2013, In : Writing 

On several different occasions I have talked about different methods of outlining. I have been looking for a way that would work for me for some time now, because, while I enjoy the discovery of pantsing, it takes much longer for me to finish a story that way. Often enough, I end up killing a pantsed story during the rewrites. (I have the… habit?… of complicating my stories, of adding so many layers that, by the time I’m done, the original story is almost impossible to discern. I’m wo...


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Doubts and Progress

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, October 2, 2011, In : Writing 
I hit a wall early last week. I sat down at my computer to start work on Wayfarer and couldn't remember why I was bothering. I wasn't sure where I was going with it, or why I was where I was, or what the point of it all was. 

At least some of that was due to external factors, but another part was the fact that I had never sat down and worked out an outline of the new section, nor really thought about where it fitted within the larger context of the novel. I'd had an idea that seemed perfect fo...
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I'm a writer, editor, indie publisher, and dedicated Magic Spreadsheet user. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, I've been living in Japan since 1995. I've had a life-long interest in writing and in speculative fiction. My first book was published in mid-2014.
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