• Posted by : Tikaani Moon 07 August, 2019


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    Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you'd forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?

    Since I outline, that has eliminated most of the surprise out of the writing part. Well, rereading the Polar Qimuktis book, I was a bit surprised to realize how dark it was. It's not as dark as other work, but there are some dark elements in the series. I am also surprised of how dark some of my writing is. Dark, I mean writing a lot about demons and hell. 

    There has been some changes to a few projects that I did surprise me even though I made those changes. They were just sudden changes. For example, one Thriller project I'm working on, I added a Ukrainian character. This changed the book's theme since I wanted it to be a Western. At first, this was the way I wanted it, but recent changes also changed the book. This isn't the POV, but it is one of the main characters. I'm just keep going to see if I like this version of the book. Some of these surprises are similar. 

    Well, I think those are the only things I can think of.  

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    1. I also outline but there are always small surprises anyway.

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      1. Yeah, I have noticed even through outlining, you can get a bit of surprises during the actual writing part.

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    2. I'm an outliner but I only do the plots/subplots (which still can end up 70+ pages). What changes everything seems to be when my characters get involved in the plot. Then I end up cutting-pasting-deleting... You know what I mean.

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      1. I do understand this when adding characters, sometimes I even have to add characters outside of what the outline says. Yeah, I do understand how you must make changes, especially so the character could fit into the story.

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