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    My story is going by too fast

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by apotter, Jan 27, 2013.

    If this is the wrong forum please move it to the appropriate one.

    I'm working on my first novel and I feel that it's moving too quickly. I also haven't done a lot of setting descriptions and am working on going through and re-writing the first section I finished. There is quite a bit of dialogue but I'm sure those need to be more developed as well.

    I think what I'm asking is what do you do when you feel your story is too thin?
     
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    Well, I think you already know the two things you seemed to have mentioned: properly describe the setting and locations (if you've been avoiding it), and polish dialog. I usually don't feel like doing these kinds of things until "after the first draft".

    If you're saving those for later and you still feel your story is thin...

    As Johann mentioned, maybe you could work in more obstacles/inconveniences to overcome? Maybe add a new character that deepens the conflict and adds obstacles?
    Or you could add an extension to the plot that doesn't come up until right when it seems like the plot is over?
     
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    Yeah I've been avoiding more descriptions of places and one of my main character only has at most two things they've got to deal with. I might just go ahead and finish the first draft and let it sit for a week or so then go back to it and add more when I can think about it. I think my main taboo about this particular story is that I haven't outlined it right or made notes when I think of something. Aside from dialogue and grammar that's one of the things I'm really going to have to work at.

    Thanks.
     
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    If you add description, don't overdo it in action scenes. Description slows pace. Add description primarily in resting scenes where slowing the pace is beneficial to the story.

    Mostly you should be adding content, not just adding words.
     
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    My first drafts are often very small. I'm worried about getting the story out, so often conversations are as minimal as possible or just summarized, places aren't described at all, and in the case of my current work, I've changed names and point of view a few times.

    I leave that all for later because I know that I'm going to write it more than once. In my next draft, chapters will probably be in a different order and most won't exist at all. Some new characters will be introduced and I'm beginning to think (10,000 words in) that my main character probably won't be my main character anymore and might not even make the cut.

    So, I would say just keep chugging along for now and worry about editing later. However, some people can't stand to work like that and what I just described seems horrific.
     
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    Eh we all have different methods. Since I write short stories, what I do is outline the plot of the story first inside my marble notebook. Then, I write it out inside the notebook if a computer isn't nearby. Afterwards, I type what i wrote and I add more to it. In this stage of the first draft, my dialogue and actions are complete for the most part. I can establish setting well by making I use "strong" nouns(for example diner, tables, counter, swing doors,) I want my reader to know and picture what I'm talking about. Hell sometimes, when i finish the first draft i might remove a flashback, certain parts of dialogue, or change certain words. We all have a method to our madness :D
     
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    What you can do to slow the pace is add more descriptions of the setting, have something happen that impedes the character's path in a non cliche way, or make it something natural that happens (i.e. the character can't live town because of a bad storm so he/she has to stay the night and something happens or maybe nothing happens and the character just enjoys their time.)
     
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    I do hate leaving it like that and want it to be as complete as possible. But I also know that I need to get to a finishing point so I can go back and fill in the details. Add things here and whatnot. This is the first time I've tried to write novel length story and trying to complete it. A lot of the banter is just between the two main characters and I might need to introduce a third one somewhere. Right now I'm just letting the story play out and see where it leads.

    This is a lot of information for me to absorb.

    Thanks
     

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