July 1st, 2006

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Stuff I have learned recently

Motion first, then speech. Try writing something the other way, and notice that it's odd.

Events in the order they happened. No jumping back.

Events are never simultaneous. They always have an order. Even in real life you process events one at a time.

The reader's attention is where you put it. The sharper you render something the more attention they'll pay to it. Blur the places you don't need them to notice.

The reader wants to trust you. The reader wants to stay in the dream.

Tension keeps them reading.

Payoffs are sweeter the further they are from the setups. More tension.

Scene-sequel. Motivation-reaction. Tension-release.

All rules can be broken, of course, if you know why you're breaking them. But I ain't at the rule-breaking stage.
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Another thing I have learned

It's possible to be very, very productive with one story while procrastinating madly about another. Every single word of Core Four story you'll get over the next couple weeks represents a minute I spent avoiding work on the Novel-Length Bond Story. I just oh-so-diligently wrote out a little plan for the next few C4 stories. Sex, violence, angry mothers, partners turning out to be imperfect human beings, you know, the usual.

Lord, but my crisis of confidence on the NLBS is going deep.

Okay, here's a question. Or two, rather. Which tarot cards best represent the Scoobies? One answer for trumps, and one answer for court cards. This is actually NLBS-related, since that's the story where I'm doing all the Christian-inflected mysticism stuff.

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Your answers?
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