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Yay a non political blog but time is kinda short and research is kinda a pain right now. Eventually though I will get to that research and other things that need to be done.

But over the time that I have been writing I have learned many things about the craft. How to write scenes, and characters, and the settings in which they live and take place. But there are two tedious things about writing, pre writing, and then editing. And in my experience there seems to be two main ways to come up with the structure of a story. Dealing with individual stories, chapters, and the content within them.

The first method is to write out every little detail to plan out chapter by chapter and write notes, scenes, characters, and what they are doing in every single little chapter. The second means is to do it more general and just plan out in broad strokes in terms of an entire story. To write out plot developments, threads, and things that happen in a certain chronological order.

While there is nothing wrong with either step, both do have their merits, it comes down to how creative you want to be, and how good your memory is.

PLANNING OUT EACH CHAPTER

If you want to plan out each chapter that tends to take a longer time and more space to write out every little scene in your individual chapters, or for a really short story. Who is coming and going, what characters will appear in it, what they do.

The advantage to such a system is that everything will be scripted, all you have to do is write it! Dialogue scenes and where everyone is. These detailed notes lets you know precisely what is going on with your story at any moment and you can pick it up months or years later, and just write it. Assuming you still have the interest level going.

The disadvantage is it is time-consuming and can stifle creativity. If you are going to be following a script, you may then follow a script only. And not add anything else. As for me this tends to frustrate and leads to me wondering if I can’t do anything more. But yet my script says that these characters must only do these things.

And if you are frustrated by your work that will show in your writing and you won’t be able to craft individual scenes and the story that you truly want to forge.

PLANNING OUT IN BROAD STROKES

This allows you to plan by plot points in general. That this will happen then that will happen and it all leads to a main climax. Its broader, takes up less space, less time, and employees a maximum of creativity.

But it also leaves you open to forgetting what you were going to write or unsure of where to go with yourself or your story. Especially if you haven’t written it in a while you might be unsure of the original idea, or the scene in mind when you originally wrote that piece of information.

But in the end you can figure out and improve. This allows for a lot of improvisation in the end of the day where you can add whole scenes and plots to advance the over all plot that you originally wrote down. Or to just simply create characters or expand on their inventory. Or to just fill up space if you want it. That is up to you.

Whatever way you chose it helps to consider what project you have in mind and what suits your own writing talents. Do you like freedom and creativity? Or do you want everything to be explained in detailed notes? Are you starting a project in a couple of weeks? Or a year?

Considering these questions will help determine what you are going to do and what is best for your overall writing project.

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