The scattered thoughts of short story writer Sandra Seamans
Different people find different approaches that work best for them. Outliners, "pantsers" -- they can both produce fine novels. I'm still trying to learn my novelistic process, but it seems like a compromise: a basic outline in my head, a lot of notes, but the story doesn't really form until the characters feel alive to me.
Oh -- and the three-act structure can be a good place to start, but it's a guideline, not a law of physics. A satisfying, successful script might have five, six, nine "acts".
I know that feeling, Manuel. If I can't step into the character's shoes, the story just stalls. And yes, everyone has to find their own method of writing - there's no one right way.
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