To outline or not to outline...
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:47 PM
When you write your game scripts, do you outline first or just go with the flow?
I typically just write but I'm finding it easier to write a rough draft outline and then flesh it out from there.
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:06 PM
1) Which do you feel more comfortable doing
2) Which way to the ideas flow. Are you getting the ideas in small parts from all different areas, or large ideas for single parts?
In the end though a combined approach probably works best. For example do the large detailed part for the bits which you have it for and then join these together with just outlines to flesh out later.
Neil HarmanProject LeadNukedDragon Haven Games - Breathing Fire Into Gaming
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:56 PM
I've tried writing without an outline, and that works reasonably well for me, but I find that I have difficulty pacing if I don't outline.
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Posted 11 August 2011 - 09:14 PM
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Posted 12 August 2011 - 11:56 PM
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Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:04 AM
Then the work is re-written or heavily modified in light of theme, characters and structure. The details mustbe revised in light of the whole. On smaller works I may rewrite it entirely from scratch at least twice.
This works very well for me. I get regular, unsolicited compliments for my writing. At school, from teachers, at work, on forums (I met my wife this way). And a lot of big winners write this way, including reputable novelists.
Different people write this way or with the outlines. It's been called the Beethoven approach and the Mozart approach in some circles. It's not the question. It's a "coke or pepsi" question.
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Posted 15 August 2011 - 08:35 PM