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Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist
New Life Tentacle
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kaolinfire From: kaolinfire Date: October 8th, 2004 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
very odd. agree on the mesh.

my first attempt ran to 72 words and petered out. I chopped it 3 and sent it to NFG's 69er contest.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 8th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)


Fiction = e\/1L
Fiction is my Siren. I speaks in melodic sentences that fog my glasses. It's frustrating. I think the biggest issue, really, is that I try to hard to control the outcome. I'm obsessed with length. In my mind, length equates to quality (I romanticise being like Robert Jordan). I just need to lighten up and see what characters do.

The best writers say their characters lead some where. I should write less about a story idea, which usually is what I have, and make characters that interest me in put them intoInfonography</a>.
kaolinfire From: kaolinfire Date: October 8th, 2004 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hi!

Length. I used to have trouble with length. Well, that and everything else. Still have trouble with most things, but length less so. Eight years ago I had trouble getting over 900 words. The story I'm currently working on is close to 6000 and has barely dented the surface of what's supposed to happen. The plot is very simple, and it's almost maddening to watch myself writing the main character scratching himself, standing up, remembering he's hungry, getting food... a stream of consciousness going on in his head that's supposed to establish character and whatnot, make the actual events "in character" for him, but... Yes, I must look forward to much editing.

Characters do drive a narrative. The more character I put into a piece, the longer it grows (saying nothing? hard to say.)
abmann From: abmann Date: October 8th, 2004 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)


Maybe this is why I like I prefer poetry: I am my own character.
I'm pretty sure I find myself pretentious interesting, thereby facilitating length. :)
kaolinfire From: kaolinfire Date: October 8th, 2004 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: hmm

I'm always trying to find universals in my poetry. My fiction is historically more about me, just because that's easier to write for an extended period of time. Making characters not me is ... slowly happening, I hope. :)
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