Flames wouldn't be eternal if they actually consumed anything.

Lilah ,'Not Fade Away'


The Great Write Way, Chapter Two: Twice upon a time...  

A place for Buffistas to discuss, beta and otherwise deal and dish on their non-fan fiction projects.


Deena - Feb 16, 2005 5:25:35 pm PST #36 of 10001
How are you me? You need to stop that. Only I can be me. ~Kara

Just caught up in the last thread. Liese, I MUCH prefer the second version. It's got more...texture. I'd love to hear it, if you do upload a copy.


Polter-Cow - Feb 16, 2005 5:31:59 pm PST #37 of 10001
What else besides ramen can you scoop? YOU CAN SCOOP THIS WORLD FROM DARKNESS!

Susan, BTW, you might want to ping livejournal; they've been claiming your journal is in read-only mode for over an hour.

I'll bet she's on Filetmignon. We've been getting that for a week now. It goes off and on. Grar.


Susan W. - Feb 16, 2005 7:16:33 pm PST #38 of 10001
Good Trouble and Righteous Fights

I'll bet she's on Filetmignon. We've been getting that for a week now. It goes off and on. Grar.

Yep. It's usually fine in the morning and late at night, but it cuts in and out afternoons and evenings. I think they're working on it or upgrading something, and it's not like I have much right to complain since I'm just using the free account.


Topic!Cindy - Feb 17, 2005 12:50:06 am PST #39 of 10001
What is even happening?

Twice, Susan. One hint, I'm likely to forget or not notice. Three hints or four hints--I guess, but then it better be earth shattering, and sort of echoing Hil, there'd better be detail I never could have imagined, but that's awfully important to the story. Two hints are okay.


erikaj - Feb 17, 2005 5:04:57 am PST #40 of 10001
I'm a fucking amazing catch!--Fiona Gallagher, Shameless(US)

This ending? Hardest.Thing.Ever. I think because, even though I know intellectually that it's not supposed to be good right now, I want it to be so much that it's hard to commit myself to errors, possible sucking, and mess.The great ones make it look so easy.I get shy and remember I don't know what I'm doing and then I can't do it.


Steph L. - Feb 17, 2005 5:23:07 am PST #41 of 10001
this mess was yours / now your mess is mine

This ending? Hardest.Thing.Ever.

The great ones make it look so easy.

erika, did you ever read The Hotel New Hampshire? One of the characters was an author who was obsessed with the perfect ending.


erikaj - Feb 17, 2005 5:58:32 am PST #42 of 10001
I'm a fucking amazing catch!--Fiona Gallagher, Shameless(US)

Sounds vaguely familiar, Tep. I tell myself that all I have to do this early is FTF Finish The Fucker but I don't believe myself.(But I'm already thinking about my writing book, obviously.) Maybe I'll beat my head against the wall till I die and the creepy irony will do my job for me.


deborah grabien - Feb 17, 2005 6:38:35 am PST #43 of 10001
It really doesn't matter. It's just an opinion. Don't worry about it. Not worth the hassle.

Endings can be hard. I couldn't finish Eyes in the Fire - everytime I sat down and tried to write the last eighty pages, my hands started shaking. I finally said screw it, grabbed my sister and went to Hawaii for a week, and just baked in the sun.

I don't think that actually helped the writing process, but the fact that I'd taken a holiday specifically to enable me to come back and finish it removed any excuse I had for not doing just that.

Hard. Hard hard hard. Not always - the current series have really easy endings to write, because there's a three-part scenario in each one: the exorcism, the wind-down, and then the one fact that the characters don't ever get to find out but the reader does - but sometimes.

Hard.


erikaj - Feb 17, 2005 6:55:12 am PST #44 of 10001
I'm a fucking amazing catch!--Fiona Gallagher, Shameless(US)

I think mysteries have a special obligation in that area, too, but maybe it's just I've never written anything so big before.


Scrappy - Feb 17, 2005 7:09:12 am PST #45 of 10001
Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

GO Erika, with getting close to the end! I used to tell my classes that they had to be willing to finish a shitty draft so they could then have something to make wonderful in rewrites. Actually finsihing, for the very reasons you mentioned, iis why many good writers quit, and it's so sad because once you finish one book (or play or whatever) and see how the rewriting process works, it gets easier both to do the work and to think of yourself as a writer