marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

A meander is a shape

So the muse is fooling around with some ideas. . .

Set some characters loose in a location where there are some problems, stemming from the same main problem -- which is fixed at the beginning, they are cleaning up the aftermath.

They will slowly see a big problem, but at first it's as random as a sword and sorcery series of short stories, with a fair chunk of bildungsroman to it, which is good because a bildungsroman can tolerate a much looser and more meandering shape than a quest.

However, it's still a shape.  Even in the beginning, I find myself wrestling with the notion of which of these stories would happen first -- even though they are obviously the preliminary tales, that start them off dealing with the problem.

Tags: bildungsroman, idea development, story structure

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