The Time and Perspective Paradox

Deborah Grant-Dudley

When reading a great book, I sometimes wonder – how did the author weave all those different elements together? Because let me tell you, it takes a lot of effort to write a story that is effortless to read. There are so many decisions to be made. Getting one decision wrong can cause the whole carefully constructed story to come tumbling down. And changing something can fix one problem, and cause a bunch of new problems. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Some things come out of the writing

There are story aspects that develop as we write. The theme, the characters’ and narrator’s motivations, the inciting incident, and the stakes, often fall into this category. By the end of the first draft, these elements are usually becoming clear. Which means that much of what we’ve written will have to be rewritten, to…

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