Pre-NaNoWriMo Plotting Thoughts

To plot or not to plot? (Yes, I’ve spent too much time at the Shakespeare theater down the street.) Since it’s almost NaNo season, I figured I’d toss out my thoughts on plotting, since they’ve evolved some over the years. I’ve gone through a lot of iterations on this over the years, but my current — and fairly successful — approach is a hybrid. I start with the key moment, which I shorthand as the HWYS moment. It’s a nod to Jesse Stern, who explained on the S7 NCIS DVDs that he had the line before the Act 3 phoof …

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Fanfic writing thoughts

Since I’m on a writing roll, here are some thoughts from earlier yesterday I originally posted at the NFA forums. I’m hoping to come back to a couple of these later today to expand on them. On original characters:  This is something I always struggle with – mostly with what it takes to make the OC (either in fanfic or my original fic) internally consistent. If it’s just somebody for a case, I don’t put lots of effort into it unless I’m writing a case fic. Also – and I’m *really* bad about this – I don’t spend as much …

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NaNoWriMo and just writing

So another NCIS fanfic writer was asking about NaNo on Twitter earlier today. I chimed in because NaNo changed the way I write fiction back when I first did it in 2003-ish. Which got me thinking, which led to me writing. (rambling?) For those who don’t know, my FT job is a newspaper editor, and I’ve been a reporter/editor for about 10-15 years. One thing you learn pretty quickly in newspaper journalism is how to write quickly on deadline. I think my record was an 8-inch competition cheerleading story in less than 8 minutes because I got to the office …

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