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The S-L-O-W progress continues...

Okay, so now I have my outline done!  Yay!  Still nothing on the actual chapter though. :(

You can thank my husband for talking me through the next stage of the construction mystery, though.  There was one plot point that was holding me up, and now I think I've gotten it under control.  :)

betty brant (my partner-in-crime beta) said in her reply to my outline: "So I take it that this will be a fairly 'plotty' chapter?  No time for fluff or characterization? (Too bad -- although it is necessary, of course)."  

And I had to agree, on the fluff part, at least.  I just don't put much characterization into my outlines... it just seems to flow as the chapter is being written.  Some time I should show you all a comparison of outline to finished product.

So anyone who was looking forward to a furthering of the sub-plot... you're up next!!  Fluff-lovers... your time is coming again.  But believe me, it's all still close to the surface. :)

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bistyboo1974
Sep. 19th, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
Your slow progress is still like superspeed compared to mine. There was NO time to even think about writing today. *sighs*
htbthomas
Sep. 19th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)
Aw... have a hug...

Well, I guess it'll be a tortoise race to see who posts their next chapter first, eh?
sean_montgomery
Sep. 19th, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
One must have a good plot in order for the fluff to work well. I'll put that on hold this time (but don't think I won't be thinking about it *grin*). At least you've got the outline done. That's the important thing.
htbthomas
Sep. 19th, 2006 09:58 am (UTC)
Yes, having the outline done is a good thing. If I only didn't have a faculty meeting this afternoon! I would SO be working on it... but there's a chance I'll get some done tonight, too. *crosses fingers*
ancarett
Sep. 19th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
I find that the plot points are the toughest part of writing so good for you on plotting things out so far, so well! I'll look forward to the next chapter when it comes up.
htbthomas
Sep. 19th, 2006 10:02 am (UTC)
Generally I find I can't even write a story unless I have most of the plot outlined in my mind. And 3-4 stories ago I found plotting each chapter made it even easier. Otherwise I just stare at the blank computer screen for an undetermined number of days.

So this breakthrough is definitely a good thing. Just one more teensy problem to solve regarding the sub-plot and I'll be good to go on the rest of Act 3.
alamo_girl80
Sep. 19th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
Yay for the sub-plot Queen! I may have been in the minority (lord knows I love me some Clois action) but I've really been waiting and wonderin' what was going to happen in your B plot.

*bounces happily in chair* *pulls muscle in back* Ow.

Tis late, and I'm getting to old to bounce around late at night. *smirk*
htbthomas
Sep. 19th, 2006 10:24 am (UTC)
You may have been in the minority, but it was a vocal minority. I was regularly getting - hey, can't wait to find out more about the construction plot - kind of reviews the last few chapters. Everyone liked the fluff, but, I never forgot about everyone else. After all, chapters 20-24 all happened between 6pm and 10am the next day... can't work all the time, right? Except the Super!Stud that is...
dreamers_dh
Sep. 19th, 2006 07:55 am (UTC)
Fluff is good. Fluff is fantastic.
But sub-plot is necessary for a good story like a characterization between the lines (can I say that on this way?). Nobody likes stories who doesn't give a change to the reader to imagine, to create own pictures in minds. Your story creates a lot of pictures (and dreams *blush*). So I'm waiting patiently...
htbthomas
Sep. 19th, 2006 10:28 am (UTC)
Well, I totally agree with you there. I can't read a fluff piece without a plot. One shots are great, nothing like them, but I can't read extended fluff without a framework to place it on.

That's probably why betty and I have been hashing this out from day one. (Or to be truthful, since before the movie came out and the weekend following).
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