December 10th, 2005

When Polter-Cows Attack!

Round Robin

Tonight in the VM4, miniglik asked for some writing tips:

And for the writers, how the HELL do you start?

There's so many little things I want to write, but it's like I just can't get the "structure" down. I have little bits and pieces and characters, and I just can't get any cohesive plots.

I responded thusly:

Fuck the plots at first. What really helps get the juices flowing is freewriting. Just turn off your conscious mind, step into the head of one of your characters, and just start typing without censoring yourself. You'll make fabulous typos and not punctuate properly, but the places you go will astound you. Sometimes unearthing your characters' secrets will inspire the direction for your plot.

xxxaimsxxxAimeeLou said:

I love to write random conversations and exchanges.

And, well...the results were interesting and entertaining. Collapse )