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I’m taking a break from Waking up Jack Thunder to write a new flash fiction piece. However, in a daring departure from my normal routine, I decided to leap into the story WITHOUT an outline. 

 

I know what you’re thinking. This can’t be true. Jon won’t even start a shopping list without consulting a map of the store so he can write things down in the order he'll find them on the shelves. 

 

What can I say? I’m a radical guy, and sometimes I like to take a walk on the wild side, so I just wrote the first thing that came into my head and went from there. 

 

Here’s what I’ve got so far:

 

'On the rare occasions when I’m unable to avoid physical confrontation, my somewhat unorthodox combat style results in a quick victory. After few body blows, followed up with a couple of jabs to the fist with my nose or chin, it’s all over. 

In short, I’m not the kind of guy you want at your side in a fight – unless you need someone to hold your coat. Which is why I was amazed to discover that Patrick ‘Masher’ McNab, the toughest, meanest kid on the block, had told everyone he was afraid of me.' 

 

What’s the story about? Your guess is as good as mine.  I have no idea what to do next.

 

I don’t even have a title!

 

This is an exercise in blind faith, in which I hope my sub-conscience helps me out over the next week or two.   

 

How about you? 

Do you ever try writing in a different way?




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jongibbs
Oct. 21st, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Lol :P
smeddley
Oct. 21st, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
I once tried to write with an outline! I had a story vaguely mapped out, them I accidently killed one of the main characters about 5,000 words in. It went from a fluffy romantic comedy to an international spy story.

It wasn't my fault - it's not like I can control what my completely made-up characters do! They have minds of their own...
jongibbs
Oct. 21st, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Those mischevious scamps. They do like to influence the story :)
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jongibbs
Oct. 22nd, 2009 10:11 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever stuck to an outline (even for a drabble), but I find it comforting to have a plan, no matter how much I know it's going to change.

I got burned so badly when I wrote without an outline the first time, I'll never not use one for a novel again.

Thanks for sharing :)
catephoenix
Oct. 22nd, 2009 07:10 am (UTC)
I love it when I start something and haven't a clue where I'm going with it. The fun is discovering.
jongibbs
Oct. 22nd, 2009 10:14 am (UTC)
As a reader, I'm with you 100%, but I'm more comfortable if the writer knows where we're headed before we leave.
rowyn
Mar. 1st, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
I was looking for part 2 on self-promotion but found this first
I think every time I write a book, I wind up taking a new approach. <.<

The first novel I finished had an outline and was written scattershot, based on whatever chapter I felt like working on at the time. The second one, I had no idea where I was going. I haven't finished any other books since, but the ones I've started have been different as well. One had a bunch of chapter titles as an outline, and a general 'these are my characters, this is the central conflict, this is how it's resolved' idea, but no formal outline. Another, I had no clue (again). A third I have a vague idea in my head where it's going but very little of that direction actually written down (beyond what there is of the book itself).
jongibbs
Mar. 2nd, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Re: I was looking for part 2 on self-promotion but found this first
I have an approach that I like to take, but all too often things turn out differently :)
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