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    will do you change your story...

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Mans, Mar 22, 2013.

    do you change your story...

    Usually, when you are writing a story do you change some of its events unlike what you have planned formerly?
     
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    If you mean, are changes made to the original story as other ideas occur, then yes. Stories evolve. Nobody would stick slavishly to the original if they think of something better.
     
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    it's hard to get what you're trying to say, due to the language gap, mans, but if john has guessed correctly, then i agree with what he said about it...
     
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    My story constantly evolves which makes things tricky - I usually have to go back and polish up beginnings.
    It's good though, as nothing I plan can match what just comes natural.
     
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    If i find something in my stories that does not make sense or i find something that could be stated or described in a better way i change it.
     
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    I think the meaning of your question is clear. My story has changed a lot as I go. I find some things don't really work when I'm writing them in more detail. And sometimes when I change one thing, I have to change another thing because of the first change.

    The story evolves as I go.
     
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    That too.
     
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    When I plan out a story I struggle with the structural changes that come up when the story takes on a life of its own. I begin to question too much, over think and try to get back on track by rearranging everything. At that point I get stuck.

    I prefer to have a basic premiss to work with, create a character to carry forth the idea, and let the story take the lead. Sure, I have to go back and update parts earlier in the story, but it is easier, it flows better. It creates stability in my mind when I go back and link or change the earlier part of the story to accommodate the later part.
     
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    Lately, I've been trying to think as linearly as possible, since my rough drafts seem to be erratic in thought. As a result, I change the story to fit the logical progression in the revision process. This is also when some other ideas spring up and show me different routes. A character of mine might have said something in passing, and, upon re-reading the line, I discover this comment should be expanded--that it may contain the core of his characterization. If this happens, then I may re-write entire pages so I can add this new information, attempting to keep the transition into, and the transition out of the new information as seamless as possible, linear and logical.

    I try and write from the seat of my pants, with some basic out-line in my head. I've learned not to jump on the initial spark of an idea, and to let it simmer a while once I've started grappling with it in my mind. When the characters start talking, or when I start formulating an opening and writing sentences in my head, then I begin to write. Having an ending in mind usually helps, too.

    I also try to ask myself questions such as, "Do my characters have purpose? Is there a reason he's in this scene? IS there a reason they found themselves in the next scene?" If none of these questions can be answered, I give them purpose, and fit the plot accordingly, or re-write the plot to fit the purpose. And some more questions, "Is there conflict? What could they be doing right now that creates tension?"

    etc. etc.
     
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    events, characters, backgrounds, settings all change, they're all relative. If I find satisfaction with a change then so be it
     

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