Friday, June 03, 2005

A little bit of order

This blog is useful for ordering my thoughts; it's the main reason I keep it. I've decided to list the writing I've done (see sidebar) and found it revealing. I started writing again (after a very long break) in December 1999. The aptly-named SoD was the subject and I've evidently learned a lot. SoD was the sacrificial lamb, designed to shield LoTR from the attentions of a beginner. SoD's been through a correspondence course, on the RNA's New Writers' Scheme (though I'm not sure if it's a romance), entered into various competitions, and critiqued to death. It actually remains incomplete. It has also been wildly unsuccessful on all fronts. Same goes for the short story (which was an scene from SoD, though changed quite a bit) But, judging from LoTR's recent win, I have learnt something about how to write.

LoTR, before being in competition, had not been critiqued at all. Besides me, only the judges have seen it (though I guess the writing group have heard some of it too!). Obviously, at some point in writing (end of first draft?), it's worth showing it to people. But at the early chapter stage, I do wonder. I got all sorts of comments with SoD, some of which completely confused me. No criticism of the critiquers intended here; I put my work in front of them to look at. Some of the feedback was extremely acute, the bulk of it well-meaning, some of it ignorant, and one was malign. Perhaps I need to protect my writing till a much later stage in the process.

LoTR was lucky to win first time out, but maybe I should not let it out till I've done. Then again, I got much needed encouragement from LoTR winning; I now have some reason to believe that what I'm doing is worth pursuing. A quandary to be sure.

Unfortunately, I sent LoTR as an entry in the Winchester Writing Conference Novel writing competition, and can guarantee it will be 'lost' in the competition there! Friends have asked to see LoTR, but perhaps I should finish the first draft before letting it out at all.

4 Comments:

At 1:52 am BST, Blogger Gabriele C. said...

You know, when I read LoTR I always think Lord of the Rings. What does it stand for, really?

 
At 2:32 am BST, Blogger 'Thought & Humor' said...

We work like a horse.
We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose. A
time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Howdy
Editor
http://ilovehowdy.blogspot.com/

P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."

'Thought & Humor' by Howdy
Cyber-Humor, Cyber-Thought
Cyber-Riddles for your divertissement!!!

 
At 11:03 am BST, Blogger Alex Bordessa said...

Gabriele,

If I wanted to tell people what LoTR stands for, I would say in the sidebar :-) However, if you have read Gildas and also knew who was the lead character in LoTR is (begins with 'A' ...), it's a no-brainer. But seriously, I want to keep it under wraps till the mss is complete.

Yes, it's funny that its abbreviation is LoTR. I didn't realise this until I started drafting it in March this year, and abbreivated it for the computer file! However, it's not the same length as Lord of the Rings.

 
At 11:06 am BST, Blogger Alex Bordessa said...

Howdy,

Thank you very much for your input. I shall put it to good use

 

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