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Phasers

Set phasers to brain freeze!

In Star Trek, the crew's hand phasers could be set to "stun" or to "full power". I was just reading about Phase Drafting. I find it useful to have "meta pages" and outlines while creating a novel (example), but I do not think that I have the kind of Type A personality that would allow me to even contemplate drafting an entire novel with "phasers on full". I recently made such a "phase map" for the first part of a Jack Vance novel (see this blog post), and I think that such maps are useful for thinking about a plot, but I'm not sure that I could ever construct a complete phase map for a novel before getting into the writing first. However, as a 2010 "resolution", I'm going to try to make my chapter outlines more systematic, starting here. Phase mapping on full!

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