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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wednesday Spotlight: J.A. Saare

In the world of writing, there are generally two kinds of authors–those who plot and those who fly by the seats of their pants.

One isn’t necessarily better than the other, as long as you get the job done. But recently I’ll confess to taking more time at the composition pad while working through a story to work out the minor details. It helps to keep things in order, so you don’t get confused and don’t deviate from the story. That’s not to say I’ll have it all planned out, or that I’ll know exactly where I’m going, but I’ll give myself a general idea and see where it takes me.

Recently, I’ve become fascinated by the process of story boarding. Many authors like to plot their work out scene for scene. I don’t know if I could ever do it, but it seems to be a great way to piece the puzzle together and make work as seamless as possible. When I first read about it, I couldn’t help but think about the movies. You have a script, you plot it out, and you set the scene. It can’t be all bad, right? Even better? There is actually a program you can use to help you along that path if you choose to take it.

So tell me, do any of you storyboard? If so, do you find that it helps you in your work? Or are you like me? Do you love flying by the seat of those blue-jeans?


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