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Today I'm working on a timeline of events for all the ponies and major events in their lives. I realized that if I'm not careful, I'm going to end up with some serious contradictions and I really don't want that to happen. Visualizing everything is really helpful :)

So one correction that has come out of this. I think there have been times I said Luau was the oldest when it has to be Rook who's oldest for many reasons. So for those who I led astray, my apologies.

Also note that even now, I'm finding that some of my characters are writing themselves. Especially Luau. I keep trying to make her "Not Pinkie", but she keeps pulling back and acting Pinkie-like. I have NO control over that pony :(
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StandingLeaf Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yes, it's very useful to make a good timeline of events and lists of what the characters are and what they accomplished. Also, making good checklists of what you need to do or what to verify is important. Oh, and make sure they are up to date, so a checklist of checklists is a good idea too!
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Seriously, I just approve the idea. I had to do the same for my own first artistic project, just to make sure I won't seriously screw up somewhere, so I understand the need.
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Devi-kami Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
How very twighlight-ish indeed! :)
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I did. It's helped define some of the details.
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SunnyFeathers Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
It's the fourth wall influence. Luau's editing things for you! XD
No matter, love your story and characters very much. Please keep up the awesome work. x3
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Brunitop Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"If you love something let it go. If it comes back to you it's yours. If it doesn't, it never was.” Truth been told.
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Demosthenes-101 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Can ANYPONY control Pinkie? ^^; That hyped up little Sugar Cube corner pony has no control at all! :giggle: But that is the Element of Laughter. ;) So by extension Luau, as the Element of Laughter, has no control either. Too much haupia and poi! :rofl:
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EmyliaHawke Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:giggle: I doubt any author could control a character such as Luau, but props for making the attempt.

As to the necessity of a timeline and visualization, both are life-savers! (They keep some headaches away, too! ;) ) I learned that lesson the hard way and don't intend to make the mistake again. A timeline will definitely benefit the story and its background story branches without letting those branches become as tangled as terraced ivy vines. :)
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Nimaru Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've already had to make a few adjustments, but they're minor. I just really hate contradictions so I'm going to try pretty hard not to make any of my own.
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EmyliaHawke Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds like a plan. :)
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Jezendar Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The timeline sounds like a worth endeavor. As for having no control over Luau, well, that does sound rather Pinkie-like. But I do see differences between them. For example, Luau seems more organized than Pinkie. She's also much more apt to focus on the task at hand, whereas Pinkie's mind can sometimes wander.
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