Saturday, September 27, 2008

Holly Lisle on finishing a novel

I enjoyed this essay by fantasy author Holly Lisle about how to finish a novel. I hadn't encountered the idea of candy-bar scenes before; she defines a candy-bar scene as:

one that you're just itching to write
-- something sweet enough that you can dangle it on a stick in front of yourself so that you can say, "When I've done these next three chapters, I'll get to write that one.
I think sometimes, on a project, I'll write all the candy-bar scenes up front, and then stall on finishing all the scenes that bridge it and tie everything together. It wouldn't have occurred to me to parcel them out to myself piecemeal.

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