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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 04:04 pm (UTC)
I haven't read the book or seen the movie. We were talking about seeing the movie based on reviews, but knowing virtually nothing about it. Now I'm curious what would spark that reaction though... anything spoiler free you could offer?

(now that I think of it, maybe they *did* mention something in the interview. But I thought that was "something people knew". Now I don't want to mention it though in case they don't. :D)

Jan. 10th, 2017 01:11 am (UTC)
I can't really say anything spoiler-free unless you know what the prescription they show at the beginning is for. All I can say is that the first half of the movie sets up a story that's fantastic and darkly hopeful and then right after the monster's second story that is literally smashed all to pieces and turns into something extremely depressing.
Jan. 10th, 2017 01:56 am (UTC)
I don't know about the prescription. But I do know what "the nature of the monster"/theme of the movie. (from the podcast)
Jan. 10th, 2017 10:53 am (UTC)
The theme of the movie is DESPAIR.


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