[Novel 02] Too Much Plot?

This essay of “Novel 02” brainstorming will not have a video component because I’ve found myself in a similar mental space as I found myself toward the middle and especially at the end of writing “Novel 01” of, frankly, creative burnout. In the previous essay, I brainstormed how I could build out more of Novel 02, on my way to writing “The Story,” but I ran into headache-inducing roadblocks that frustrated me regarding the character generating/meeting cipher tool.


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[Novel 02] Continuity Error Resolution

I didn’t realize how much writing balance/continuity would be required for “The Story” when I first thought about it over 20 years ago. Balance like avocational working time and recreational resting time that I only learned during writing “Novel 01.” Now I’m seeing how flimsy continuity is while planning for “Novel 02.” I’ve seen it for years in other media – a dinner cooked in the microwave never mentioned again. But, in this episode, we explored character-based continuity errors.


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[Novel 02] Concluding Daily Plotting

Between when I first started thinking about “The Story” and when I finished “Novel 01,” I didn’t realize how much work there’d be for all manner of production. As the video portion of this essay shows, thinking about a scene for “Novel 02” prompted a casual character, who, before I might have just given a random name to, but now I can think of some basic establishing details to make this character plausible or even somewhat compelling.


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[Novel 02] More Of Part 1

In this episode of Novel 02 brainstorming, recorded live as it is more efficient to live-write the brainstorming bits than to write a casual essay, I continued along with the plot beats that I’ve been working on lately. I didn’t have this time when I wrote “Novel 01,” so now that I know what I need out of writing, the “Novel 02” brainstorming sessions are more efficient. Hopefully that means “The Story” brainstorming will be even more efficient.


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[Downsizing Zeal] 76: Ending Weekly Episodes

This episode of the Zeal project will be the final episode published every week. Previous episodes have implied this change in priority, but now I can say that I’ve been using my character cipher as a way to motivate me to do stuff. As I showed in the video component to this essay, Dr. Amadisthera was a character that I came up with through writing but whose character traits will be determined randomly or semi-randomly.

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[Novel 02] Six Plot Documents

For “Novel 01,” I only had two weeks to prepare all of the plot, characters, and settings before my four-week writing session. Now that I’m more thoroughly knowledgeable about writing, thanks to that first novel, my preparation time for “Novel 02” will be “as long as I need!” The ideas I’m working on here, both in video and written form, should easily carry over into work on “The Story” when I blast through a few completed novels.


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[Novel 02] Part 1 Continuation

The way I’d like to write “The Story,” which I didn’t have the technical ability by way of video capturing writing as I do now or the aptitude for figuring out characters, plot, or setting that I learned I didn’t have for “Novel 01,” is how I’m approaching “Novel 02,” where I put in time into figuring out the big details, so when I start writing, I’ll have at least a partial idea of where I’m going.


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[Novel 02] Character Scoping Metric

In this episode of “Novel 02” brainstorming, which should incrementally help me write “The Story” based on my experiences writing “Novel 01,” I wanted to write about the scoping of characters. As I discussed in the video portion precluding this essay, there are needs to learn a lot about your main and secondary characters, but, if the character exists as a background character, how much do you really need to know about that character’s entire backstory?


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[Novel 02] “Saw A Movie”

I hadn’t realized, when “The Story” bit my mind over twenty years ago now, just how much work it might be to see a movie. In that essay, I scoped out some of the details behind what might be necessary for established characters to go somewhere new. In “Novel 01,” I handwaved most of the details; a convenience store had minimal detail. “Novel 02” should have more maximal detail, as the video side of this essay showed.


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[Novel 02] “See A Movie”

When I thought about writing “The Story” over 20 years ago now, I never thought that the idea of planning out a movie theater would require so much work. My qualifications to talk about this, by the way for those who were watching the first 40+ minutes of the video before I started writing this, “Novel 01,” which was a 60,000-word novel I wrote in four weeks with two weeks of prep. “Novel 02,” conversely, has months of prep.


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