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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Day 4

"I believe the first draft of a book — even a long one — should take no more than three months... Any longer and — for me, at least — the story begins to take on an odd foreign feel, like a dispatch from the Romanian Department of Public Affairs, or something broadcast on high-band shortwave during a period of severe sunspot activity."
Stephen King, On Writing

Prompt of the Day: Something happens that seems too good to be true, to your protagonist or anyone else in the story so far.

Tip of the Day: If it's not working, you don't have to do it.

If you get stuck in a scene, and it's keeping you from continuing, make a note and skip it! I like to use the same symbol every time- something I don't otherwise use when writing- so I can use the search feature to go back and find these places later. So, my first drafts tend to have moments of

--- Unfinished scene! ---

Sometimes skipping around and working on later scenes will help get you unstuck on an earlier scene, or make you realize the reason you were stuck was because you were trying to do something that didn't actually fit with the rest of the story.

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