Pondering after some digestion of the multitude of information.

So you have a storyline, and find yourself a setting and a character,
or you have a character, and find him a story line and a setting;
or you have a setting (by which I mean a "world", so to speak), which you fill with a story and a character;

or are these irrelevant questions, because you need all three to even start writing - notwithstanding the possibility that the end result will still differ from the original intention in the course of the process

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If this is rhetorical, disregard the following. You need all three. If you already have a storyline, then your major problems would probably be plot twists, deciding whose story gets told, which characters are important to the plot and which ones aren't. From there, you can pretty much go about writing the story. On the otherhand, if you only have a character who is fairly well fleshed out, but no story to put him/her in, then your possibilities are endless. Hence, comes the hard part of writing. (Well, it's all difficult, just some parts are moreso than others).

Why do I have this heap of unsorted scribbled notes, with flashes of ideas, maps, descriptions, history, links,... lying around on my desk? Am I normal?
(probably a rethoric question <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/winkwink.gif" alt="" />)

First off, what is "normal"? I never could figure that out. And I don't think I want to - postively boring, if you ask me. And you and I must have the same desk, Glance as mine gets littered with notes all the time. Most of it ends up being drivel, but there are a few gems amongst the garbage. *g*

What part of writing has you stumped at the moment?

Faralas <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mage.gif" alt="" />