How polished before you post?

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  1. vjchambers (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    I guess why I have to have the whole thing finished and edited before I post has more to do with plot and story than errors. I outline, but the story always gets away from me, and I always end up going off the outline somewhere in the middle of the thing. By the time I get to the end, I've always got two or three things that need to be set up better at the beginning. For instance, in the story I'm editing right now, I realized that one of the characters was the key to vanquishing the big evil, and I needed to go back and hint at his amazing power in the first few chapters. If I'd posted as I went, I wouldn't have been able to do that. The ending would have felt like it came out of nowhere, or else I would have had to use a different ending, and that would have been sad.

    I totally understand pantsers. I've drafted that way myself several times. But I couldn't be a pantser if I didn't get the chance to revise.

    How do you guys deal with that kind of stuff?

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  2. Ash (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    I agree, VJ-- I'm a panster in as much as it's my discovery draft-it's my notes/outline. Then I can go back and put it together, making the changes I need.

    One good thing about wanting to post it as webfiction--it keeps me from walking away for any length of time, knowing it can't go up until it's finished!

  3. Sarratum (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    I usually write several episodes ahead of time, and then I have my editor look at them a week before they go up.

    I make a general outline of the story previous to writing anything, usually months before it happens, just to make sure the direction and the main elements are concrete and not tentative. Without an outline I wouldn't be a pantser either because my story deals with a lot of mysterious elements which show up a bit at a time. I have to make sure I remember certain things that may have happened in a previous arc, sometimes all the way down to the exact time it occurred.

    Kudos for having the natural drive to just write an entire novel without any outside influences. If only I could be so self-motivating. lol

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  4. S. D. Youngren (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    As polished as possible. "Rowena" started out as a series of non-chronological short stories involving the same characters, but then I found myself with a plot. I know where it's going now, but compared to my usual method--my usual sort of outlining--I'm semi-winging it. Nothing gets changed--if I seem about to run into a conflict with something I wrote previously, I just have to find a new way around it. This can require a little extra creativity.

    But I would never, ever post a first draft. The stories/chapters don't go up until I'm as satisfied as I'm going to get . . . however many drafts that takes.


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  5. zoewhitten (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    I have to go with as a polished as possible too. I write a story, and then put it away to cool for a few weeks before I do a second revision, and then later on a third. Usually, I'll hold off on anything else until I'm ready to post, at which point I'll do a final edit on each chapter before I post it. So in most cases, readers are seeing the fourth draft.

  6. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    Dusty, all of my stories are self contained novels in the work. The serial version WILL, after its done, be lumped together, and reedited into a cohesive whole. In addition, I occasionally go back and rework things when I realize I screwed something up.

  7. Senna Black (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    This seems to be a bit unusual, but I will totally go back and change things if I don't think they're working.

    Not enough that it would no longer make sense to someone who read it the first way. I do serial stories, so I usually have the whole story done before I start posting it, but some stories are stronger than others. And if I come back later and thing a particular post doesn't work, I will tweak it. I see that as one of the perks of working in a web format. ;)

  8. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 8 years ago

    The novel I'm posting now is already written, but if I find typos I will edit those after the fact.

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