Writing without writing
I spent three or four hours today on The Raven’s Wing without writing a word. First there was the actual plotting – ensuring the flow of the whole piece actually works in terms of time and location. I found a couple of holes there that needed plugging. Then there’s consistency -making sure all the characters behave truly to their nature. Motivation – checking that every character, even the minor ones, have a reason for doing the things they do. Timeflow – ensuring that characters travelling different paths all pass through the same amount of time as each other before meeting up again. I even tracked a few meaningful objects through the story outline to make sure they travel through time and space correctly, and that it all holds together. Hurray for Scrivener, which makes all of this easy.
Sometimes writing doesn’t involve writing, if you see what I mean.