Previous Posts: Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned: January 2016

Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned: A Bigger And Better Excuse Dept.

When does justification for a creative decision fall short?

Working on the second draft of the outline for Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned today, something occurred to me as I found a detour around a plot roadblock. Time and again I've come up against what looks like plot holes, things that caused me to stop what I was doing and argue with myself. Does this not make sense? Why is it really here in the first place? Should I do something else?

Round and round turns the hamster-wheel, until a day or two later an answer pops out. Sometimes I scrap what I had in mind and come up with something else. Other times, though, I end up keeping what I have, only with a far more detailed justification for it.

The latter makes me deeply uncomfortable. Did I actually figure out how to make the element in question work, or did I just come up with a better excuse/self-justification for why I should leave it in?

Read more

Tags: editing writers writing

Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned: You've Got Thirty Seconds To Sell Me On This Dept.

The difference between the outline and the pitch.

The other week, I finished the first very messy, very crude outline for Always Outnumbered, Never OutgunnedI've learned not to let such things bother me; the initial steps with anything new (especially something this much of a left turn for me) need to be messy and undisciplined, the better to let them come into whatever full flower they have to bloom into. Let that happen first, then prune.

Next week, and through January perhaps, I'll be rewriting the outline and making it into something that someone other than myself might be able to read. It's tempting to turn that into a pitch for the story, the better to sell alpha and beta readers on it, but that's not how this should function — it's better thought of as a roadmap with a lot of detail and color, not a sales brochure.

Read more

Tags: Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned writing

About this Archive

This page is an archive of entries in the Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned category from January 2016.

You can see alphabetical or chronological listings of all entries in this category.

Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned: December 2015 is the previous archive.

Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned: February 2016 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

About Me

I'm an independent SF and fantasy author, technology journalist, and freelance contemplator for how SF can be made into something more than just a way to blow stuff up.

My Goodreads author profile.

Learn some more about me.

My Books

Coming Soon

Out Now

More of my books

Search This Site

Other People We Like