Prompt #21: Impostor

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

Let me know what you think of it!

This is Prompt #21: Someone is not who he seems. Perhaps it’s an ally — or maybe it’s the hero.

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My Book Isn’t Working and That’s Okay

I am not going to ever let anyone see the first draft of the novella that I am currently writing. One possibility is that I will never do anything with it, and it will therefore need to stay in there forever, or else I will drastically polish and change this book, and make it better. Either way, the only way someone is going to see it is by subterfuge and trickery. And that is okay. It’s all part of the process.

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Why I Need to Outline, Mostly

There are all kinds of different ways to write a book. In fact, there are as many ways as there are authors. Within that, there are certain systems that different writers can copy and imitate to make their lives easier, so they don’t have to make their own way from scratch. Within that, I think the two most common systems are the plotter versus the pantser, which I’ve also heard called architect versus gardener. And I am very much operating more effectively as a writer when I’m being a plotter.

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So Now I Have a New Culture

I have this world that I’ve been building. It’s fun, and has a lot of my favorite kinds of complexities in it. There are three sentient species existing (and coexisting, for the most part) in the same space. One of those species has two distinct cultures in the area, one more nomadic, and the other living in the deep chasms and underground caverns of the area. According to the prompt that I am filling for World Anvil’s Summer Camp, there is now a third culture vying for my attention.

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