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  1. Lehua Parker
    Lehua Parker October 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm |

    I find I have to know where the story ends and who I’m writing for before I can make any real progress. It’s a backwards/forwards thing. I keep the major beats in my head–this, then this, then this–but when I sit down to write a scene I really don’t know what the characters are going to say or where they are or even who’s there until my fingers hit the keys. It’s this element of surprise that keeps the writing fresh and me engaged. The structured outline comes from roughly planning the beats; the pantster organic spontaneity is how the beats get written.

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