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FFC #70 - Why math is not like writing

@TheAverageFan Adding the arc in after the plot was created was indeed what I tried to do. And technically I could have done it, but it didn't feel... I don't know. Organic? Like it fit? It wasn't the focus, and maybe my problem is that I'm so unused to arcs not being the focus that it didn't feel right to me, but I don't know. It was definitely an interesting exercise if nothing else.

However, I'm researching how other authors go about making their stories. Hopefully this will help. I found a college class taught by Brandon Sanderson which he kindly put on YouTube which seems promising...

Posted April 28th, 2021 at 12:28 PM by The Grim Reaper's Friend The Grim Reaper's Friend is offline
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FFC #70 - Why math is not like writing

I guess you could try making a "stuff happens" plot first (you know, the kind you wrote when you were 9) and then see if you can fit a character arc into it

The pitch you give is a very plotty scenario to me, and I off the top of my head wonder what the character arc in it could be. You could probably give me a minute to think of a plot involving racing to hide the amulet from Utgar with lots of battles and a side-plot involving Drake's group in Aquilla's territory. Then you could tell me after the outline was done what the character arc was and I'd probably find a way to graft it onto the outline made (a few needed changes notwithstanding). The main problem with that would likely be that the arc wouldn't be the focus, just another element to the story.

I did that a few times in the fanfic competition to be honest, because you are often already given your plot in the form of a prompt. The arc I added after getting an idea, simply to give the story a bit more personality.

Posted April 27th, 2021 at 09:26 PM by TheAverageFan TheAverageFan is offline

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