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This writing thing is exhausting! Today I was on a roll then suddenly my brain just stopped and there were no more story scenes floating around in my head. Don't get me wrong, the story itself is still in my head. It's the words that go with the story that stopped like a water faucet that suddenly gets turned off...

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Yes, it is exhausting. And what happened to you is a clear sign you need a little break.

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I am pounding through it, just going over what I have written so far and making minor changes and additions that seem to help me keep the story fresh in my thoughts. Some of this process is suggesting which scenes still need work and some of it is making it clear to me that I am approaching the limit on just how many disaster scenes I can reasonably include in the "crisis" portion of the story. What I need, and what I think the "Auxiliary Bridge scene" can provide, is a vehicle to express the massive nature of the accident without going into such detail that the reader, and myself, gets bogged down by the weight of it all, if that makes any sense.

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It makes a lot of sense, actually.

The story needs to keep moving, and one of the biggest dangers in SF is pages and pages of tech description.

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It is also emotional when the story starts to become real and the characters start to be real as well. I am discovering what writers mean when they make that statement about "birthing a story."

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Do you ever think of how being a writer gives you a 'God-like' view of your fictional world? Gives me pause sometimes. That I'm God's living, breathing creation in a real world. ... ... Or am I just an imaginal character in his fantasy world? emoticon

I saw a strange movie years ago where mannequins came to life and played out 'their' lives, and then went back to being mannequins again. I caught it in the middle of the movie, and didn't see the whole thing, and don't remember the title of it ... but it had me wonder about this as well.






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Not Godlike but more of like a Director where the script is changed without notice from time to time.
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Yeah. Characters do have a way of inserting their free will into the story we're writing.








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That's the truth, right now four of them are lobbying for being at the start of the story instead of where they are now!

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They do take on a life of their own, even though they are also a part of me. So sometimes, I feel like a God who created something and then watches the outcome of that work.

And sometimes, I need to tweak that world!

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"Yeah. Characters do have a way of inserting their free will into the story we're writing."

Here, here. (Or is it "hear, hear"? I've never figured that out and can make a logical case for both options!)

I usually have little dialogues and entire scenes and backstories running around my head for my major characters. I don't usually write them down, but they DO flesh out the characters nicely and make it easier to write dialogue that makes "sense" and is unique for each character.

Congrats, Rick, if you're discovering the same thing I have: your characters can easily take over your novel, if you let them!!

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I believe it's "hear, hear", as in approving calls during a debate.

Sometimes (but rarely), I write those bits of backstory into its own little file. I now think I should do that more often, because tine stories from our heroes' background make perfect blog material to entice readers to sign up for stuff. Or even a Patreon, if you heard of those.

I'm getting better at marketing, I think...

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