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Well, I'll add something here. I know that right now my biggest problem with writing my massive 'epic' so to speak (SCI-FI) is that I don't really have an audience to write for, and no way to really get some feedback on the story. I think that having some type, any type, of audience would really provide an enormous amount of motivation to bring any project to completion. At least when you get some feedback, the details that are so easily dismissed suddenly seem so very important again (because you really want the audience to see what you are seeing).

Ah, what one would give to have a safe environment with which to freely exchange stories...

Any how, here's one thing that I am 'trying' to do to break up my 'story'. I've decided to break it into "seasons" each season representing a certain chunk of time (generally) and each season having some type of theme. Then I can break each season down into episodes, with each episode being the equivalent of a short (or very short in some cases) story. It should help with focus and allow me to easily work on the necessary details over time because a short story is much more manageable than a huge one all compiled together. Perhaps the last stage would be to combine everything into larger units (like each season would be a novel/book).
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