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First drafts

Postby ElaineB » 12 Jan 2013, 07:39

Some good stuff here:

9 Tips for Writing a Really Good “Shitty First Draft”

8. Concentrate on the “why” and not the “what.” This is a simple, incredibly useful one, even if you ignore the others. Whenever something is about to happen, ask yourself, “why?” Why is this happening now? Why is my protagonist reacting the way she does? Why does the reader need to know this? Stories aren’t about “what” happens, they’re about “why.”...
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Re: First drafts

Postby Baker » 12 Jan 2013, 07:57

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Re: First drafts

Postby PaulaO » 12 Jan 2013, 11:29

I guess it does come down to the why. I was going to dispute it but realized it's true.

HOW the chicken crossed the road is not important, not really. What is important is WHY it crossed the road.

It would really help with the info dumping. Yes, they flew through space but does the reader need to know HOW they did it? Or just the WHY they did it?
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Re: First drafts

Postby Baker » 13 Jan 2013, 08:17

Good point about it nuking a lot of info-dumping. The world would be a better place with fewer info-landfills.
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