Description vs To the Point

August 19, 2008 at 3:06 pm (Uncategorized)

So, as I’ve mentioned before I’ve written a few stories here and there and I was thinking the other day.

I’ve read many books and the time some authors take to describe something is just unbelievable. Sometimes a whole paragraph on one thing. Or a scene that takes two pages to just describe the setting. Sometimes I read every word. Other times I flip the page after scanning it for importance in about 20 seconds if that.

I’m on page 18 at the moment. For those wondering… that’s 4613 words at the present moment. And sometimes I can get descriptive like:

            Cold dripping wet ran fell from the sky. A storm had begun; thunderclouds and lightning were looming in the distance. Arian felt the shrill coolness of the rain, as it fell into his long deep black hair. His face tanned from the last several days of battle for the city of Havian. His black padded uniform all but shrouded him from the night as he contemplated the next few days.

Or a lack of detail

Before the general entered the room the same woman from earlier walked up to him. “Praetor Shevar still hasn’t heard from the fleet sir.” Fallough nodded and went inside. Waiting for him was Ambassador Egarin. A stout man with a gray mustache and beard to indicate his age. “Ambassador, to what do I owe the displeasure of this visit?” Fallough had met with him before and was the least bit impressed.

I mean seriously. Couldn’t I describe that scene better. Even the description of what the people look like.

I’m not sure if there’s a whole lot of difference but. I kind of enjoy -to the point – writing. There can be alot missed without being descriptive, and I know if I try harder I would succeed. Maybe that is where re-editing comes in. You know, when you complete the story, go back and edit in more descriptive qualities. Anyway just a thought.

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Ages of New and Old

August 18, 2008 at 1:09 pm (Uncategorized)

So Sunday, I finally had some stuff, basics, developed. I would start writing, get stuck. and go and play my game, World of Warcraft. Take a break, start writing agian, get stuck. repeat.

Until about 9pm when I said somethnig to my friend. “You probably are drawing a blank becausee of your game. Playing a game with swords, magic, and such, and we’re writing a story about spaceships and future.” New age vs Old age.

So I said fine! “You just wrote yourself out of this conversation, becasue I’m going into the other room to write again….” I was pretty proud of that comment as it drew an LOL from him.

So this morning I woke up, got my coffee, was at the restaurant early and started writing. Got about 6 pages of writing (wont be that much once I get it on word.) but heh it was pretty good.

 

Oh and I learned something else yesterday. “If you plan to publish a story its supposed to be doublespaced.” 🙂 Interesting. So that makes 50 pages look like 25. Isn’t that kind of Ego-building?.

I suppose that’s why you say how many words you write not how many pages. :). I learned my new thing for the day and I didnt even have an apple. Darn.

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Problem of being anal.

August 17, 2008 at 5:17 am (Uncategorized)

:). is to not be anal. And let things happen as they should.

Create as you need to.

Start with the basics.

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Time…How does it start?

August 17, 2008 at 4:57 am (Uncategorized)

The Aerezad (air-eh-zad) empire was born a few days ago as far as my mind was concerned.

I developed so far the titles of positions throughout the government of where the story begins. Which is in Aerezad history 4500 years after Aerezad started keeping track of time. ???

So how do you define that. It isn’t 1BC or 1AD because this is so totally different. There is no Christ. This isn’t earth. This is something new that I have created. Yet what is 2500 years of its own history is vastly different from any other history. And as I begin to type this. I realize its August 17, 2008, but I wonder what the year is for the Chinese. Am I really that oblivious? I dont know that answer. I don’t think its August 17, 2008 even though that’s the date we go by. And they go by. We say its August 17, 2008 because its been 2008 years since Christ died. ……. I’m thinking too hard.

It’s fascinating. but I’m thinking way to hard. :).

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Development

August 15, 2008 at 7:01 pm (Uncategorized)

A friend of mine last week has been working on getting her writing up and running again, and I’ve been checking out her blog and well frankly its got me fascinated. I’ve written four short stories that were about 40 pages each, and also spent a number of years co-writing an evolving story with someone I consider my best friend that we developed this great ongoing saga. It was our own story based off of lore from the Star Trek Universe. But because it was our story we ventured into uncharted waters as far as we were concerned. We invented new races, that had all this history and reasons that they were the way they were.

After, reading a few posts that my friend made I got some juices flowing about starting to write again so I went back onto AOL and found my buddy. of course all the data from our story that we spent years working on was lost. Thanks to America Online and our not saving any of the work outside of AOL. So it meant I had to start from scratch and he must of gotten interested too because now we’re going to work on something new. its going to be exciting, and I plan to write about it. here. So. stay tuned.

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