marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
marycatelli
marycatelli

orchestrating by the seat of your pants

Setting out into the Valley Full of Clouds can have its fun aspects, but it has its downsides, as well.

Orchestrating characters, for instance.  Especially setting up foils.  It can be fun, looking back, and realizing, you know, the characters seem to have a certain degree of homogeneity to them. . . .

Deliberating considering what is opposite to the main character and how to construct characters to show that trait up, deliberately choosing character types and assigning them out so that they don't all default to the same type -- well, they are useful writing techniques, but they are not exactly operating by the seat of your pants.

Sometimes when you're plowing through the valley, it can be wise to step back and look at the map thus far.
Tags: foils, orchestrating characters, outlining, writing technique
Subscribe

  • The Book of Yokai

    The Book of Yokai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore by Michael Dylan Foster An intriguing discussion of the multitude of yokai in Japanese…

  • Religions of Tibet in Practice

    Religions of Tibet in Practice by Donald S. Lopez Jr. A collection of primary sources. Heavy on commentary. Includes epics and lives, instructions…

  • Religions of China in Practice

    Religions of China in Practice by Donald S. Lopez Jr. Primary source from China. Includes discussion of whether the Buddha is eternal or has…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments