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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Emyn Muil, Pt. 3-a ~ “Now that I see him, I do pity him.”

Posted on 2007.04.18 at 18:32


mechtild at 2007-04-22 17:28 (UTC) (Link)
That's great about your final chapter, Mariole. And a good example for me. I've been stuck for ever, trying to go on with my own story. I hate tossing a partial chapter I've worked so hard on, and with so many things I really like, not to mention links to material to come. But maybe I should just come at it from a completely different angle and give up the notion of keeping it as planned, trusting that nothing good will be wasted but will show up eventually, as flashbacks or something.
mariole at 2007-04-22 17:45 (UTC) (Link)
Everyone has their own way of working. For me, I find a chapter that is not working is a suffocating blanket. I keep looking at what is there, instead of what needs to be there. It's best if I don't look at the old stuff at all, and just create something new. I do save the existing chapter, but I set it completely aside and don't look at it unless I realize I want to mine a paragraph or something out of it. Then I open it, swipe what I need, and close it again. I don't want to be polluted by what is there already.

My progress always shows me if I'm on the right track. For example, today I have written seven pages and it's not even noon yet. Yesterday, I wrote three pages and bogged down. It was just not working. By coming at the scene in a completely different way, I've broken through the block. I ended up not saving a single sentence from my chapter yesterday, but I'm just about to start the explosions, so I'm happy!

This is just my process. I know that everyone has different ways of working. For example, one of my friends writes all the good parts, and leaves gaps between them. She afterwards goes in and fills in all the missing sections. Another person writes deliberately bad, just to get it all out. She then goes back and extensively revises all of her work. There is no right way to do it; the trickiest part of the whole thing is to find a method that works for you and frees you up to proceed.

So? Proceed! :-D Cheers, and good luck!
mechtild at 2007-04-22 18:05 (UTC) (Link)
What a variety of ways to go about it! Thanks for shining some light on the subject, Mariole.

And go, you, on your work today. Be sure to stay ahead of that explosion! (Or maybe it's the idea to be at the heart of it?)
mariole at 2007-04-22 19:36 (UTC) (Link)
This is why I love hearing about people's creative process. It's similar, but also so unique. It's very inspiring!
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