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Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by TJPoldervaart, Dec 8, 2020.

  1. MrNybble

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    I listen to audiobooks while I write.
     
  2. Thank you. But many people do something similar. I just treat my characters as personally hostile to me (because they are screw them). :p
     
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  3. Prince of Spires

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    you're not the first one to come up with the term or to use the method. Robert Jordan was one for instance. And Brandon Sanderson uses the same term in his lecture series when he talks about plotting.

    To me it shows that outliner vs pantser is not a one or the other kind of thing. It's a continuum where you have two extremes and everything in between. I consider myself an outliner, but my outline consists of knowing which plot archs I want to tell and one sentence per scene. I know some outliners write 10k+ words on their outline, which is something I can't do. Which nudges me from the full outline more towards waypoints, except that I have very detailed waypoints.
     
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  4. Miles Lacey

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    I write in bed by torch light using pen and paper.
     
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  5. Demesnedenoir

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    Never seen it called such and neither had anybody else while we were discussing it. No doubt lots of people do something similar.

     
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  6. Mad Swede

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    I tend to listen to music whilst I write, and my choice of music depends a bit on what I'm writing. I usually start out writing with some idfea or theme in mind, and then write the major scenes first. The I start to connect the scenes together. But I also sometimes write little snippets of scenes and dump them in my random text file for later use. I find I can't do outlines, and I don't do re-drafts. In both cases it's down to my dyslexia - re-writes are just too difficult. So what goes down on the first pass is generally pretty close to the final text.
     
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  7. Berniece McKee

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    Once again I am convinced that all people are unique, each has his own writing technique, his own little secrets of successful and interesting story writing. After all, everyone has their own vision and their own style, and what is convenient for someone may be absolutely not effective for another. Once, I did not know how to write and express my thoughts in this way. But, over time, when I began to read many books, as well as the Eduzaurus for various assignments, I realized that it became easier for me to write. It became clearer for me how to structure my thoughts and convey meanings. Although for many, this works in the opposite direction, that is, reading the examples, it is very difficult for some to concentrate on writing their own text.
     
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  8. Demesnedenoir

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    As I came back to this thread, I would be curious to see where Sanderson used the term, because I know it wasn’t in his BYU lectures posted at the time.

     
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  9. Eztlirald Clarinda

    Eztlirald Clarinda Dreamer

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    So I play the story all out in my head and will do some scenes over and over until I’ve got it just right. This is also how I get my hyperactive mind to shut up so I can sleep :LOL:. It’s like watching a tv show, each night I add on more. And the reason it helps me fall asleep is because with the story, my mind can focus on one thing instead of jumping around which keeps me awake all night.
     
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  10. Prince of Spires

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    I can't find the video where he references to it as Waypoint writing, and I don't feel like going through all his lectures. But he talks about the method here: 2013.8 lecture. I've seen him reference it in a few other places as well, especially when he talks about Robert Jordan's method of plotting.
     
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  11. Demesnedenoir

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    That is funny, and probably posted after the last year of his lectures I watched parts of. Previous years he seemed to talk about plotting differently, but I guess that’s what makes his lectures worth watching, they vary in details. There is also a Waypoint Authors Academy, but I doubt it’s related, LOL. But the technique has probably been around since novels began, it’s just logical. I’m still curious about the term itself, as things travel on the internet fast, and I’ve been fascinated by how phrases and terms can spread to reach a wider audience, ala Mike & Mike in the morning making up words and seeing how fast they spread. In a smallish community of fantasy writers, it would be interesting to see if he used the term before January 2017 or after... not that I’d ever have a hope of tracking its use since searching the web pretty much takes us straight to Mythic Scribes, LOL.

     
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  12. Devora

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    I find write prose format for a rough draft to be too slow for my liking so I've attempted to write my drafts out as a movie script to later rework into a prose format.
     
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  13. Demesnedenoir

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    I can see that. I floundered for years on finishing projects for a variety of reasons, but it was when I went into screenwriting and 120 pages to tell the story that I learned How to Finish. And the folks at UCLA were good at focusing you... maybe because I was paying for it, LMAO.

    And it’s a great way to work dialogue skills.

     
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  14. Chasejxyz

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    I definitely do this. I'll iterate on a future scene and work out issues or I'll put characters in situations and figure out how they handle it, developing them further. When I get migraines and I can't use my eyes at all it's all I really CAN do, it really helps me from going mad from boredom.
     
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