What can discovery writers learn from outlining? What can outliners learn from discovery writing? Is there a balance between the two that can serve as a happy, productive place for writers? (summary of answers: lots, lots, and yes-but-not-all-writers.)
This episode is for you discovery writers, especially those of you for whom our current season of structure seems to be locking you down, or pointing up methods which you just don’t like to use. We talk about how these methods, these structural principles, these mechanical advantages in the mental toolbox can be applied during the discovery writing process.
Credits: this episode was recorded in Cosmere House Studios by Dan Dan the Audioman Thompson, and mastered on the north face of a dormant volcano by Alex Jackson
We lead with a quick introduction to the Genderlect theory, by Deborah Tannen, which uses a very broad brush to describe key differences between the ways men and women in western societies communicate. We then explore the way some of the individual voices we’re familiar with have been influenced through gender role, cultural socialization, and even neuroatypicality.
Our goal in this discussion is to learn to write dialog which serves our stories and our characters, and to do so in a way that both leverages and defies the existing stereotypes.
We fielded some questions on style, diction, and paragraphing:
Is it okay to have pretty prose in a straightforward adventure story?
How do author voice and character voice differ?
How do you prevent paragraphs from rambling?
I feel like my writing is derivative of the writers whose work I read. How can I find or develop my own voice?
How much does diction play into genre fiction?
Is it okay to write in a natural speaking voice?
During which part of the writing process do you pay attention to style?
By Way Of Correction: “Unaccompanied Sonata,” by Orson Scott Card, is the story about anxiety of influence. “Tunesmith,” by Lloyd Biggle Jr., is about music, and even has the name “Bach” in it, but it’s not the story Howard described.