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    what is your writing process ?

    what is your writing process ?
    or do you just wing it ?

    does your process change by genre or size or other factors ?

    for me i wing it for an oped length piece of <1500 words

    more than that i will do some organising to break it down into smaller chunks of ~500 words each

    for really large projects i will do a detailed outline breaking it into sections ~<3000 and then into chunks ~500

    for a novel i would have a detailed out line down to the scene level and then break scenes down into beats

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    I write an outline with chapter by chapter summaries and then go for at least 500 words a day. My chapters are usually between 1000 and 3000 words.

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    I plan a rough summary and work from that to my first draft. For my current WIP my plan is about 15 pages single-spaced. I separated the summary into Acts rather than chapters. Chapter breaks I'm planning on doing later.

    I think it's important to have a combination of pantsing as well as planning-- allows for the best of best worlds. However, this is just my humble opinion!

    I should also mention that, for each work I create, I also vary the process of planning/pantsing so that it's a little different each time. That is, as well, just my way of doing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielstj View Post
    I plan a rough summary and work from that to my first draft. For my current WIP my plan is about 15 pages single-spaced. I separated the summary into Act's rather than chapters. Chapter breaks I'm planning on doing later.

    I think it's important to have a combination of pantsing as well as planning-- allows for the best of best worlds. However, this is just my humble opinion!

    I should also mention that, for each work I create, I also vary the process of planning/pantsing so that it's a little different each time. That is, as well, just my way of doing it.
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    when i ever do a novel it will be sliced and diced finer as so: acts > chapter > scenes > bits

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    My writing process is ass on seat and fingers on keyboard.
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    I first have an idea then I figure out my main characters, who they are, what they look like and what type of personality they have. Once this is done, I wing it. I have an idea about my story but no clue how it will unfold or where it will go. I know that is probably the worst way to write but it works for me. I like that based on what I've previously written will guide me to what I write next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam View Post
    My writing process is ass on seat and fingers on keyboard.
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    how exactly does that work

    how is that different from the 1000 monkey approach ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeenaDiHope View Post
    I first have an idea then I figure out my main characters, who they are, what they look like and what type of personality they have. Once this is done, I wing it. I have an idea about my story but no clue how it will unfold or where it will go. I know that is probably the worst way to write but it works for me. I like that based on what I've previously written will guide me to what I write next.
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    some people can keep more in their head to guide them than others

    some of us need the map written down in detail before we can take a trip and not get lost

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    I write what I write when I write it - The only planning involved is if I'm going to college and have to make sure I've printed out 20 copies for the group...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloggsworth View Post
    I write what I write when I write it - The only planning involved is if I'm going to college and have to make sure I've printed out 20 copies for the group...
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    but how does that approach ensure you write what you need to write to satisfy the prof
    or are they grading on volume these days and not quality or content

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