Tag Archives: writing into the dark

Questions 608: Working to the Payoff

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Caine asks: “Do great payoffs come from setting it up in the first place, or working back from the ending?”
Resources Mentioned:
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Babylon 5
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag by Robert A. Heinlein
All You Zombies by Robert A. Heinlein (from the collection The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag)/
Predestination
The Usual Suspects

Questions 516: Getting to the Finish Line

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Charles asks: When I write from an outline, I get derailed with unplanned scenes, and when I write into the dark, I start questioning where my scenes are going. What do I do to get past this?

Resources Mentioned
The Stand by Stephen King

Questions 206: Series vs. Standalones and Discovery Writing

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JR asks:
“How long do you expect the trend for people preferring series over standalones to continue?”

Also, Terry Mixon joins us to speak (briefly) about discovery writing. Check out his book Empire of Bones.

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