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On 1/26/2022 at 6:10 PM, LeonardChurch said:

Also, anyone know how to pace without an outline here? cause I'm kinda lost.

Definitely agree with @Mandamon - if you're writing without an outline, the time to figure out pacing is really the second draft. It's much easier to see what needs to be trimmed, expanded, slowed down, sped up, when you've got the whole story in front of you. And it probably will be a mess, but honestly - there's no real reason to get it "right" the first time!

I have had some success with just mapping out the emotional beats I want to hit in a given story, not focusing on plot or details. But even that takes practice over a few stories or books, and it's certainly not foolproof. But honestly, if you're committed to pantsing, really the the best thing to do is just not worry about it until the second draft. 

(You don't have to be committed to pantsing, though! I pansted my halfway through my first novel, got annoyed with pantsing, wrote a detailed outline to about the 80 or 90% mark, got bored with the outline, went back to pantsing. The book was a mess, but it was a mess with an ending.)

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On 1/26/2022 at 9:10 PM, LeonardChurch said:

Also, anyone know how to pace without an outline here? cause I'm kinda lost.

Also want to add on that as someone who does outline a bit (~3 page outline per novel), it's not like my pacing is always great either. So yeah, like others have been saying, go ahead and dive into it! You won't be missing out on anything :) 

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On 27-1-2022 at 3:10 AM, LeonardChurch said:

Also, anyone know how to pace without an outline here? cause I'm kinda lost.

Like the others have said, I wouldn't worry about it while you're making the first draft. I work from an outline, but I don't think that much about pacing until I'm done with the first draft and start revising. 

What you can perhaps try is to make a scene list when you're done drafting (or while drafting, whenever you're done with a scene you put it in the scene list) and note for each scene if it's a proactive or reactive scene, if it's slow or fast paced, and other things you might want to know about the scenes. Then if you see that you have several slow scenes in a row (for example) you'll know you need to spice it up in the edits.

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Oh hey, I should probably promote this in here. I have a Kickstarter beginning June 1st to fund the first year of my publishing company, Space Wizard Science Fantasy! @Silk, @shatteredsmooth, @Robinski, and @kais are all participating as well. So if you interested in the twelve(!) books coming over the next year, check it out! You can set the preview to notify you when then campaign starts.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spacewizard/64225743?ref=3jrf0s&token=3f3611d0

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17 hours ago, Mandamon said:

Oh hey, I should probably promote this in here. I have a Kickstarter beginning June 1st to fund the first year of my publishing company, Space Wizard Science Fantasy! @Silk, @shatteredsmooth, @Robinski, and @kais are all participating as well. So if you interested in the twelve(!) books coming over the next year, check it out! You can set the preview to notify you when then campaign starts.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spacewizard/64225743?ref=3jrf0s&token=3f3611d0

Kickstarter header2.jpg

...how did I know that was how you were going to end that video...

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