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October 17th, 2006, 09:42 AM #61
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I havent read a sample of your work but from my own experiences I tend not to decide how I want a scene to end. I know the start and finish of the book, everything else in between I let the characters decide.
Usually when I write, there is no conscious effort on my part to direct the story, perhaps the reason I am yet to discard a chapter or erase parts of it. The story lines have often surprised me when I read them afterwards. The twisted sub-conscious has more influence on the writing than moi. That said, let the writing develop, allow the stronger characters to dominate if that is how the story flows naturally, if need be, tell the story of the minor characters using a recall device or whatever they call it in another chapter. Gives you a chance to flesh them out then.
October 17th, 2006, 11:48 AM #62Originally Posted by Dazzlinkat
Originally Posted by Shadowstorm
I always have a plan before I write a scene, but usually the scenes play out differently while writing. I can't tell you how often I've designed a scene around a specific conclusion, only to notice that the conclusion doesn't fit with the scene I've written (and thus it concludes differently). I have no problem with that, letting go and just write the scene.
The problem with this one isn't that I can't get to the end I envisaged. It's that as soon as let go, as soon as I try to let the story take over, nothing happens. The only way to push through this one seems to be tooth grinding work. And that's strange, as this hasn't happened to me with other scenes (or, it has, actually, but I just ditched them; I can't ditch this one, though, as it's thematically important [even if it's not - yet? - important plot-wise]).
Originally Posted by Dazzlinkat
I haven't finished the scene yet. But I will!
October 17th, 2006, 12:33 PM #63
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Intresting, once had that problem, actually it was after I wrote the prologue to the book. Couldnt think of how to get the characters past the first three pages, I promptly wrote a different slant which ended up as chapter six in the book. Basically put 6-9 down before i came back to wrestle with the now easy problem of how to reveal the principal characters in the first few chapters as writing the later chapters somehow seem to resolve it.
You might want to try that, it dosent take away from what you want to put down, you already know that but the slant the later chapters will put on it will decide how the dialogue in the stuck on chapter scene goes.
October 17th, 2006, 03:34 PM #64
Hm, that might work.
I'll try to finish this, and see what comes of it, and if I fail...
October 17th, 2006, 07:38 PM #65
*Wipes sweat from brow*
2.8 k words. A long scene, in the context of this work.
October 18th, 2006, 12:02 PM #66
Yayyyy!! What did you have to bribe your chars with?
October 18th, 2006, 06:06 PM #67Originally Posted by Dazzlinkat
Next, a scene with lots of animal figurines made of glass.
October 18th, 2006, 07:33 PM #68
And who doesn't love lots of animal figurines made of glass? I know I do!
I've only managed to get through Paperwork, I've been busy. But what I have read is EXTREMELY good. It's well written, and I happen to find the style easy to read. The words really flow, if you know what I mean. My only problem is I can't see it. Of course, I'm a detail freak when it comes to my own writing, constantly obsessing over details with the "show them, don't tell them" line running through my head. In other words, take the detail criticism lightly, as its partly due to my own obsessive compulsiveness
I'm really enjoying this so far. Keep up the good work!
October 19th, 2006, 10:57 AM #69
Hmmm ... shades of The Glass Menagerie?
October 21st, 2006, 08:59 AM #70Originally Posted by Avi Morgan
Thanks for the feedback. The lack of descriptions/minimal description thing is part of my style, although a bit more detail may creep in with the editing (a word here, a word there...) I like to grant my readers maximum imaginative freedom.
I've been warned, though, that - if I don't describe my characters right away - and I'll add a detail or two later, it may clash with the model the reader has created. That's something I'll have to be careful about when editing.
I intend to give my world a more distinct look in the final draft, though.
And who doesn't love lots of animal figurines made of glass? I know I do!Originally Posted by Dazzlinkat
What actually happened:
Remember how I made a reference to Sarcavan glass in the 100-years-ago episode right at the beginning? Sarcava is a desert city on the Southern continent, with a culture based on glass. They're quite advanced in optical instruments (they have microscopes, for example). They also do glass art.
The model for the figurines are glass crystal sculptures done by Swarovski. A shop around the corner, where I live, sells these. (Example: Chameleon; they're quite expensive, and much prettier in shop windows.)
Sorry for not getting back earlier. My graphics card died, and I'm currently waiting for a replacement. I'm typing this from an internet café. Don't expect me back before Tuesday, probably not before Thursday.
And thanks again for the feedback.
October 21st, 2006, 09:20 AM #71
Oh, the pain of fallen computers! Maybe you can practice your handwriting skills while you wait
October 21st, 2006, 01:30 PM #72
My handwriting skills suck and I like it that way
Internet cafes... bleh! I feel for you.
October 21st, 2006, 03:40 PM #73
Handwriting, The Lost Art.
Chapter One: Dawnstorm discovers writing with physical implements allows for a closer bond between writer and characters. But ... his characters love to mutiny! Will this be a friendly bond or get him too close to their clutches!
Those are cute figurines! Now am wondering what your going to do with em!!
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October 24th, 2006, 08:27 AM #74
Still in an internet café. (It appears the hard-drive may be damaged; the one that runs windows; I've got a secondary one which has my novel, so that should be safe. If not, the monster scene would be gone - Aarrggh! - but little else [as I have a back up] - phew!).
Actually, I did dig up an old notebook (a thing made of paper, not a portable computer), which - incidentally - had very old versions of the novel in them. Quite different, and - unfortunately - dreadful to read...
I've hand-written most of the stories in the past. To this day, I hand-write poetry (doesn't work too well on screen, though I've done that too). I'm unable to type a hand-written script without editing, though, so the only way you'd ever read a 1:1 hand-written script of mine is to actually see the original (and some originals are on the margins or covers of schoolbooks...).
Thematically, the animal figurines will be used to sneak in the animal vs. man distinction. It's been in the background before, but now I'm going to slide it to the fore a bit. Plotwise... hmm....
Strangely, I kept thinking about the setting for the high conflict scene near the end, recently. And a post conclusion scene as well (about seven years in the future; perhaps an epilogue?).
Whatever I do, I want it to be a standalone.
October 24th, 2006, 10:49 AM #75
Oh, good! Gotta love back-ups! (Of course, you need to make sure your back-ups dont get damaged, too)
Sounds like your still focused, which is great! Notebooks to the rescue!