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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #30 on: January 10, 2010, 11:51:02 AM »

What do you think is easier writing from one point of view or writing from several POVs?
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #31 on: January 10, 2010, 11:51:24 AM »

There are lots of questions about how to create characters: Hmm. I guess it's kind of like having an imaginary friend. I mean, you have to carry your characters around with you in your head for a while, figuring out their likes and dislikes, and wondering what they'd say in a certain situation. It's like when you travel somewhere, and imagine one of your close friends along with you, and what you'd want to show them that you KNOW they'd love.

The other key is, MAKE STUFF HAPPEN to your characters, stuff that makes them CHOOSE. If they have to choose between saving a stranger from a broken arm and getting a hundred thousand dollars, for example, you WILL get to know them better. (And so will the reader.)

Sorry for CAPITALIZING words at you all.

I suppose that answered my question...sounds similar to Ray Bradbury's method...and mine actually...

Do you have any suggestions about how to lengthen stories? I know you said that's easier for you than short stories, but I have a problem where I can start stories great, and I know how it should end, but I get lost and stuck trying to get there...
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #32 on: January 10, 2010, 11:52:22 AM »

What do you think about people writing fan fiction about your books?
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #33 on: January 10, 2010, 11:52:40 AM »

There are lots of questions about how to create characters: Hmm. I guess it's kind of like having an imaginary friend. I mean, you have to carry your characters around with you in your head for a while, figuring out their likes and dislikes, and wondering what they'd say in a certain situation. It's like when you travel somewhere, and imagine one of your close friends along with you, and what you'd want to show them that you KNOW they'd love.

The other key is, MAKE STUFF HAPPEN to your characters, stuff that makes them CHOOSE. If they have to choose between saving a stranger from a broken arm and getting a hundred thousand dollars, for example, you WILL get to know them better. (And so will the reader.)

Sorry for CAPITALIZING words at you all.

I suppose that answered my question...sounds similar to Ray Bradbury's method...and mine actually...

Do you have any suggestions about how to lengthen stories? I know you said that's easier for you than short stories, but I have a problem where I can start stories great, and I know how it should end, but I get lost and stuck trying to get there...
That happens to me too!
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #34 on: January 10, 2010, 11:53:05 AM »

An oreo with no filling...
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #35 on: January 10, 2010, 11:53:25 AM »

how do you feel that you have inspired so many people to write and that people have learned from many of your novels?
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #36 on: January 10, 2010, 11:58:17 AM »

Re-posting just incase this was missed. I would really like to have this question answered. Thanks!

SCOTT: I Do something a bit strange for plotting my novels. I write all my plot points down on color coded sticky notes (purple-main plot, pink-romance, and green-subplot) and I place them in order on a huge white board. My question is this: Do you have any crazy plotting habits?
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #37 on: January 10, 2010, 11:59:16 AM »

How do you feel when fans use your slang? (cuz I just called my brother a truth-slanting squick of a bumrag)
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #38 on: January 10, 2010, 12:00:46 PM »

How do you feel when fans use your slang? (cuz I just called my brother a truth-slanting squick of a bumrag)

It is my favorite thing! ("Bum-rag" is real, but ancient. I'm hoping to bring it back.)
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #39 on: January 10, 2010, 12:01:57 PM »

I Do something a bit strange for plotting my novels. I write all my plot points down on color coded sticky notes (purple-main plot, pink-romance, and green-subplot) and I place them in order on a huge white board. My question is this: Do you have any crazy plotting habits?

Check out this post:

http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog/?p=1937
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #40 on: January 10, 2010, 12:02:24 PM »

lol, I've used "bum-rag" in the past...but I use all kinds of "ancient" terms :p
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #41 on: January 10, 2010, 12:02:54 PM »

How do you feel answering all of our questions? Is it getting tiring? :P
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #42 on: January 10, 2010, 12:03:46 PM »

lol, I've used "bum-rag" in the past...but I use all kinds of "ancient" terms :p

lol that is great i may try using "bum-rag" at some point...
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #43 on: January 10, 2010, 12:05:39 PM »

do you encourage fanfic? (This wasn't my question, but it wasn't answered, and I'm curious)
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Re: Meet-Up : Scott, Will you answer our writing questions?
« Reply #44 on: January 10, 2010, 12:05:52 PM »

What do you think about people writing fan fiction about your books?

It's an awesome thing, and a great way to learn how style works. (I don't read very much of it, but some is pretty good.)

I copied the styles of a lot of writers when I was young (Raymond Chandler was the hardest to stop imitating), but never used their actual characters per se. But it was pretty much the same thing.
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