The Yarn: Section 4

The final section! Interestingly, this is the section where I stuck closest to the original outline, and it’s also the section where I came closest to 1500 words (1482, to be exact). I don’t think that’s a coincidence. I think the formula works, you’ve just got to be very dedicated to following it. 

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Master Plot 5 – The Fourth 1500 Words

We’re in the home stretch, folks!1 Here’s the plot for the final 1500 words. I found my way back to the original plot somewhere along the line and this is actually pretty accurate to what’s on the page.

You can read the last section of the story here. Stay tuned2 to the central pillar for my final thoughts and a critique from My Greatest Critic.

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  1. I have no idea what this means.

  2. I have only the vaguest idea of what this means.

Master Plot 4 – The Third 1500 Words

As always, I would appreciate it if you read the story section before this section.1As always, this is entirely unedited except to turn my words red and Mr. Dent’s black.

If you’re following along with the story, you’ll note that I’m INCREDIBLY off-track here. Like, I’m barely even close.

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  1. but you do you, my friend

The Yarn: Section 3

Now for the third 1500 words! I admit, I thought this was finished and that I had just forgotten to post it, but there was a whole chunk missing that just said “tdk figure this out later”. I guess I just forgot to finish it? MY BAD. If you click through to the master plot for this section, you’ll see just how badly I deviated from it.

Regardless, this section is actually only 1300 words long, even with the bit that I figured out today. So far I’m actually on track for Mr. Dent’s suggested word count, even with the too-long first half.
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The Yarn: Section 2

Here’s the second 1500 words (… 1650. I did my best, I swear!). The first 1500 can be found here, and the outline for this section is here. Careful readers will note that I shifted some things from the end of section 1 to the beginning of section 2. I’m still not convinced that this section works as well as I want it to, but it sure was fun to write.

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Master Plot 3 – The Second 1500 Words

Once again, please read the relevant bit of story before you read this. 1 Once again, it is entirely unedited, and once again, the red is me and the black is Mr. Dent.

Interestingly 2, this time around I really want to go back and re-write this section of the story. It hews more closely to the original outline, but re-reading the outline I’ve realized just how much of the actual formula I missed–the beats and character choices that are key to Dent’s formula that I laid out here, then dropped when it came to actually writing the story.

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  1. yeah, yeah, I’m not your real mom

  2. To me, anyway

Writing Serially is Hard, or What is Wrong?

Hey wow look, I posted the first section of my go at a pulp story! Just 3 months after I initially planned to! On a cosmic scale that’s basically no time at all, right?

So what happened? The title here says it all: writing serially is hard. 1 I wrote the first section (and it was way too long and not very good, but that’s the project, right?). I went to post it. Then I convinced myself to write the second section before I posted the first, just in case. In case of what? I couldn’t tell you, really, I just could not bring myself to even save the draft. Continue reading “Writing Serially is Hard, or What is Wrong?”


  1. I have no idea how Luke and James are doing it.

The Yarn: Section 1

Here’s the first 1500 words as suggested by Lester Dent. It’s more like 1600 words, but that’s better than draft one’s 3000 words. So where did the last 1000 go? I tried to cut things down word-by-word (superfluous “that”s, “she said”s that were explained by the text), but even I’m not that purple. Continue reading “The Yarn: Section 1”

Master Plot 2 – The First 1500 Words

Here’s where I plotted out the first 1500 words. Of course, I would prefer it if you read those 1500 (…ish) words before you read this mess, but I ain’t the boss of you. I’ve copied Mr. Dent’s outline here, using it as a form of sorts. His words are in black, mine are in red.

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