Posted by : June 1, 2008
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I love studying structure because…
Structures of which we are unaware hold us prisoner. Conversely, learning to see the structures within which we operate begins a process of freeing ourselves from previously unseen forces and ultimately mastering the ability to work with them and change them.
–The Fifth Discipline by Peter M. Senge
I found this in an organization/management book, but this universally applies to everything, including storytelling.
Posted by : April 2, 2008
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When I first started writing, everything I saw around me looked like a roadblock to just getting the thing done.
One of the biggest roadblocks was that I didn’t just want to write randomly and “follow the muse” so to speak. I didn’t want write stories that only I would enjoy, and others would find difficult to engage or understand.
I’ve always felt that storytelling is a very social form of creativity in that your audience needs to buy into your story in order to accept it, and if they can’t buy into it, then they won’t be buying, period.
Posted by : October 26, 2007
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Scenes make the best workflow. A scene is about the furthest you can break down your story into manageable bits in order to accomplish your goals. Lately though, I’ve been a little bit down on my process. The problem is even if you finish a scene it’s only 1/60th of your story. I don’t know about you, but I like better feedback than that. Completing 1/60th of my story isn’t satisfying to me. If you do a scene every day it still takes you sixty days, or two months. That’s not counting revisions.
And if you’re anything like me, you’ll cheat sometimes and skip a few days, or sometimes even a week if you’re busy with real life, work, etc. I have to remind myself sometimes that this is just a hobby. I don’t get to work on this for forty hours a week. If I did, progress would be much quicker.
So how can we keep the story broken down into manageable workflow in the form of scenes while still feeling good about the progress we make?