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Writing Challenge Day 26: Starting a blueprint


I spent half the day in a novel writing workshop and the other in a script writing workshop.


The crux of both was the same: to not tell, but show. Here are some other similarities:


To not overthink the writing, especially the dialogue.

To have at least a page of background research per main character, even if it never goes in the book.

To put a bit of thought behind the name if the genre demands it, but otherwise to just go ahead with a name you like.

To have subtext and how to get it across.


I planned 3 scenes and began writing one.


While i'm comfortable with dialogue, and that brings us right into the action of the scene, I notice a pattern, where i'm reluctant to describe the surroundings. This is something I have to work on in the second draft, now that it's come to my attention. For others, it may be vice versa.


It's like building a house I always say. One room at a time. And the furnishings later.

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