Thou shalt have conflict on every page!

tarni's picture

But by god, that can be hard sometimes.

That line comes from a tutorial on conflict from Holly Lisle's Forward Motion. It's a writing site, she's a brilliant author, and I've used her articles and tutorials and everthing else many times over. Read the tutorial/article if you're a writer- it's extremely helpful.

However, that article, and another (Scene Creation), however ingenius they are, are also considerably difficult to follow through with all the time. I've posted a lot in the last few days about my writing, and I seem to be in a writing mode at the moment, and I've started to rewrite an old story that was disjointed and half-baked and all that kind of thing.

I wrote (and psoted on here) the first scene, which I love. It's a good scene, I think, and it has conflict, and.. just yeah, it's cool. However, I know my next point of conflict, but I can't jump straight there- I ned to show somewhat the setting and the supporting charries and micsellaneous details like that. The problem is, it's rambling, and the things I need to get in are taking longer than the conflict-filled times, and I'm worried it's going to end up being one huge ramble.

I worry too much.

I stress out over my stories. I guess I should just write, keep the articles in the back of head instead of right in the foreground, and get the story down 'on paper'. However, all I can do is my best, and see where that gets me. Back to the policy of NaNo, quantity over quality... but making sure that the quality doesn't lapse either.

Hum.

Tarni

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escape_velocity's picture

You could always write out th

You could always write out the conflicts all at once, then go back and fill in the rest. I like to write in the order than events occur, but I know sometimes you just have to skip over some things to get to the good parts, then flesh it out with setting and background stuff later.

tarni's picture

Nah, I tried that. That's the

Nah, I tried that. That's the main reason the original version of the story I'm re-writing got messed up, because when I'd done the interesting parts with conflict, I had no motivation to do the more mundane filling in bits.

I think I just write better if I write it in order, as everything happens, with details and such included.

Tarni.

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"People who take you at face value will always be your true friends. Truth + laughter = good friendships."
--milly the fairy