|The Koch curve (fractal snowflake).|
But it's also kind of killed the inherent desire to write. Once I get underway, sure, it's tons of fun, and it's easy. But since I've "partly" "written" the story - by configuring all its locutions - there's less motivation to actually... do it. Although there is discovery involved, there's considerably less than - y'know - discovery writing when you're working off a snowflake.
I guess it's the difference between programming a computer game and running an executable file.
Of course, I've never been a programmer and I like playing games, so that analogy makes no sense. Still, the problem remains: once you know how the story goes, isn't it, sort of, in your head at least... already told?
On the bright side, this is mostly a problem of motivation for me. Once I get into the story, it's fun. But it's a lot harder to get into, because I look at my spreadsheet, then look at the blank page, and think: "Well... I mean... I mean, uh, yeah."
I guess I'll see how it turns out. At least I know it will flow smoothly to the end with the proper foreshadowing, three acts of tension, tries and fails, character development, crises, and et cetera. Still, there's something to be said for creating a wacky idea and rolling with it - see David Barron for that more mystical approach to writing.
Back to work. Computer? Run file writesciencefictionnovel.exe. Then... run makelotsofmoneyposthaste.exe. So far, so good... wait, what's that? Runtime errors? God damn it...