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16 June 2006 @ 11:59 pm
It's Midnight - Are You Feeding Your Muse?  
I have voices inside my head.

I know. I know. Who doesn't?

But my voices are constantly telling me stories. Big fat, enormously long, novel length, stories. Doesn't matter what's going on around me, it's all fodder for my mental Tivo system. Some of which, for better or worse, I'm trying to write down.

But translating what's in the Tivo of my brain onto paper is not always an easy thing.

And so I like to read essays and stuff about how to write. Yes, yes, I know there is no right or wrong way to write. But still, I like reading these books anyway, masochistic as it might be. And sometimes they help to jump start my thought process while I try to write.

I read something and then I think about how does it apply to the story I'm working on. And then the next thing you know my mental Tivo is running a new scene sparked off by that writing thought.

You know what they say, don't stare at a blank computer screen and force the muse. Feed it.

Anyway, until I think of something better, I thought I'd put out there some of these writing notes, if for no other reason than to feed your muse as well as mine. After all, I know the 3 friends who are probably reading this should also be working on their stories too. Hint. Hint. Hint.

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Writing - A Denial of Expectations

One way when writing a scene and trying to make it more impactful emotionally would be to set up particular expectations and then have them denied.

(Example 1)

This is where Daniel expected them to laugh at him and throw him out. Calling him crazy mad. And, yet the colonel was still looking at him consideringly and...

(Example 2)

Involuntarily Ezra flinched against the expected blow which never came. He raised his head and caught the arrested expression on his team leader's face.

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penfold_xpenfold_x on June 18th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
After all, I know the 3 friends who are probably reading this should also be working on their stories too. Hint. Hint. Hint.

*snort*

Trust you to find any available way to twist a new technology to encourage more fanfic. :P
myfieldnotes: writingmyfieldnotes on June 18th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC)
Who Me?
Use my new found powers to post in order to get more fic?

Nah.

Must be someone else you know. ;D