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Before starting your story, write as much as you need to feel comfortable with the character. That could be pages and pages, or only a paragraph. (For example, the Harry Potter trio were asked to write up something in the voice of their characters. Radcliffe did a page, Watson did 20, and Grint did nothing. When asked why, he said, "Ron would never turn in ...


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My approach to outlining: For each scene, write the minimum that reminds me what I want to accomplish with the scene. For me, the minimum is something like: The POV character. What the POV character is trying to accomplish in this scene. The conflict (who or what stands in the way). The outcome of the conflict (yes, no, yes but..., no and furthermore...). ...


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I use lots of words for different parts of the work: planning plotting researching brainstorming practicing warming up sketching outlining procrastinating ;-) I don't know of a single word that covers all of that.


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I've had the same problem, I have overwhelmingly too many ideas and it can sometimes become paralyzing. I tried lots of tools for organizing and keeping my ideas and most of them weren't just 'good enough'. The best tool (method) that I found was what @lynn-beighley mentioned (mind mapping). Mind mapping is great and there are lots of applications available ...


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It's tempting to include all this information that you already know, so what's the harm? The harm, as you indicate in your question, is that the outline no longer serves as a good gauge of your progress through the work. What is the purpose of the outline? If your publisher requires it then follow your publisher's guidelines -- but, probably, the outline ...


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Short: It depend what you need. Write all you need to explain why your character is like that. Long: Firstly, I think you need to know what your character remember. It's obvious, but I know some people who forget it. Sure, it's could be difficult with character who have a good memory, but if you need he/she tell something of his/her past, you won't have to ...


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Obviously, both female participation and female representation are important. Female participation is more immediately important, because you're dealing with your actual students, and it's crucial that the girls be able to participate just as much as the boys. That being said, this isn't a one-or-the-other case - quite the opposite, since the easiest way ...


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Something I've heard, though yet to try, is to write outlines at at three levels of detail, then finally writing the story. First write the outline completely free from all character view point, write it as general as possible, cover all of the main points from the beginning to the end. Next write a second more detailed outline, this time taking into ...


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There are LOTS of ways to structure a book. Depending on what you're writing, there may or may not be any expected frameworks. Long-Form Fiction, such as speculative fiction novels, movie scripts, and semi-fanciful "alternate histories" usually progress lineally along one or more character's perspectives along a three-act progression, though more acts are ...


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I would share the insight where relevant. It's no fun to leave all of the good stuff at the end. In my experience, writing is a journey, and we need to be privy to all aspects of it. This includes the vital balancing act between flow and insanity inside the character's head.


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Your problem is that you're trying to use one tool for two opposing tasks. You're using an outline as a guide for writing (what happens next). You want to use your outline to gauge the size of your work (what has already happened). If you can't gauge the size of your work by reading the actual text, then my suggestion is to keep two outlines. Your ...


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you should try mind mapping (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/mind_map), it is a great way to explore ideas. there are lots of applications available for desktop as well as tablet. I personally use freemind (it's free). ...and also checkout this answer. : )


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The question to me is what you want. If you want to publish novels, then write novels. Bestselling author Elle Casey pumps out one novel per month. You need to get your priorities straight. If you enjoy worldbuilding, maybe that is your way of relaxing from writing. Other writers go jogging, play the guitar, or visit friends. You build worlds. So it just ...



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