King of War. TMNT. Services de peinture. Blogurinistes francophones. Delicious. Projet web. Writing. Fantasy writing tips, how to write a fantasy novel, creative wri. Sign up to my mailing list, and choose a FREE EBOOK as a gift.
Join here. A Creative Writing Ebook AVAILABLE NOW from $0.99. Organize your writing, J.K. Rowling style. The website /Film reported on Friday about author J.K.
Rowling’s method for organizing her books. Using pen, notebook paper, and a simple grid, she plotted out the direction of her stories. Pictured here is the chart for chapters 13-24 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: (Note: /Film includes a larger version on their site for detailed reading.) The grid outlines the chapter, month, chapter title, explanation of how that chapter relates to the over-arching plot of the book, and then columns for each of the book’s six subplots (prophecies, Harry’s romantic interests, Dumbledore’s Army, Order of the Phoenix, Snape and crew, and Hagrid and Grawp).
When constructing memos, documents, short stories, novels, or whatever it is you’re writing, do you map out where you’re going and all that you want to include? Story writing techniques. (Prompted by a chat with friends.
Because there's no One True Way to do it.) The meandering path: start with one character in one place, and go from there. It helps to have a rough idea of which way you're headed, but mostly you should let the story itself lead. Some people call that "writing by the seat of your pants", but I disagree. You have all the story so far to inform what happens next: that's plenty of structure. This begs for a digression: you have enough story when there's a satisfying path from beginning to end. Brigde building: you know where the story starts and where it's supposed to end. Notice the one conspicuous absence? In other words, engage with your story before you ask the audience to. World Building and Infodumps. Recently I was contacted by Jon Schafer* with a writing question.
I see on the interwebs that you’re now entrenching yourself into an original fantasy work for the next few weeks. Exciting times for sure. But it does make it sort of an opportune time to pick your brains writerly wise. How do you balance world building, info dumping and pacing? Obviously you’ve come up with all sorts of details for all sorts of reasons but letting the reader know all of that detail will detract from the flow of the narrative.
*When I first met Jon at an event (Games Day probably) he asked me to sign his copy of a Last Chancers novel. A Need to Know Basis Let’s get down to basics. And now you want to tell someone how awesome it all is. Which is fine. What the writer must bear in mind is that as much as genre readers want to explore strange new worlds and meet fascinating new people, they also want a good story. There are two ways to do this, either through the plot or through characterisation. Exposition! Or,