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Green Room - Week 4 - Day 7

I was listening to the Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls) interview on The Writers Panel podcast on the way into work this morning and he was talking about his process.

Still not done with it, but I took note when he pointed out that the old "A Writer Writes" should be "A Writer Writes ANYWAY" and talks about the challenges that writers create for themselves to keep going and make things interesting. In occurred to me that Idol itself is one of those challenges.

He also said that the first thing he will do for a novel is write the last line. Not "this is how it ends" but rather the "this is the emotional goal", so he knows where the book needs to go.

How do YOU start new writing project? What have you found to be the most successful "entry point" for your work? Does it change or is it fairly consistent?


How was your weekend?


Have you been reading the entries for this week? http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/966583.html Who should be getting more love than they are currently receiving? What are the things you suggest folks take the time to read (if they are on a busy schedule and can't get to everything). Make sure to spread the word. Just don't say it here... say it anywhere you can!


Jan. 9th, 2017 02:47 pm (UTC)
That's a really neat idea about writing the last line of a novel when you're starting. One of the problems I've had trying to write novels is that they're just so big. When I'm writing a short story I can hold the whole of the story arc in my head at once - I know the shape of it, where I want it to go, even if I don't know exactly all the details of how it will get there. Novels intimidate me (and I haven't managed to properly finish one yet) because of how much more there is. But maybe that trick would work for me... Hrmm....

For some strange reason I sure do like prompts to get started with a thing. It helps me narrow down my ideas and focus in on something specific.
Jan. 10th, 2017 08:56 pm (UTC)
When I'm writing a short story I can hold the whole of the story arc in my head at once
Ditto. Ditto. *cries*

I find that issue starts when the target story is going to be in excess of maybe 1500 words-- which is still a short story for most people!

I do like the author's suggestion, though. Also, I liked "More Than This" better than "A Monster Calls," but hey.


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