Tolkien, artist

One Last Workday This Week...

What a week. With my poor DH down with diverticulitis and, after beginning to heal from that, coming down with the beginnings of the flu, it's been unbelievable stressful and I've had to work a six-day week. On the writing front, I finished and turned in a LOTR Community story, I'm almost finished with my SV story, and I did another drabble - this time to address the word "borrow". My first attempt was dismal and I pulled it the next day. My second attempt moved it's scope over to one of my more familiar playgrounds - Ost-in-Edhel and the admittance of Annatar into the Gwaith-i-Mirdain. This version I was pleased with and put it up for concrit. Changes suggested were looked at and, if I felt they were consistent with my inner view of the scene, were incorporated.






When an author, a student writing a paper for his fourth-grade class or a professional author with many books on the shelves bearing her name, constructs a scene, s/he develops a mental image of what is being written. In many cases the author lives the work, walks through the rooms, looks at the content on tables, and sees the layout of the buildings. Each author's vision is unique. Unless they are writing a purely factual text, everything is subject to interpretation. In a fictional work, everything is up for grabs.



I rarely spend so much time over a blog post, and I rarely delete as much as I have on this one to avoid casting stones. I live in as much of a glass house as anyone, and I'm personally a bit shy of stones. I gave a reasoned response to someone I considered a friend yesterday and received a thrown stone in return. *sigh* Maybe next week will be better.
If there's more to be said, why keep it to 100 words?

Or even three thousand. :D

I don't read drabbles, at least not in the Tolkien fandom. I've looked at one or two, and want the other 100,000 words d;-) (I wink but I'm serious.) I do enjoy one-shots, vignettes or short fics that fit in with a larger 'verse very much, as they add more to something I am already enjoying.

The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author's ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in an extremely confined space.

All very well, but I do not want an author to practice brevity if they have a good story to tell. I want to read a humungous great doorstop of a novel.
I just don't see why a writer would want to limit themselves to 100 words. It's awfully confining.

Edited at 2012-01-14 08:18 pm (UTC)
I'm 100% with you! I hate getting to the end of a good story. But my point is that unless there's a very limited scope or duration of an event, or a very striking moment to capture, it's difficult to condense a story in a drabble, which is ultimately a very artificial limit. Why 100 words, why not 256, or 144?

I find it very difficult to say what's good or not good about a drabble, for the same reason that I never enjoyed poetry, though I love the play with words you may discover in it. On the other hand, I love doorstop novels.





it's difficult to condense a story in a drabble, which is ultimately a very artificial limit. Why 100 words, why not 256, or 144?

Yes, I don't get it at all. Must have story, naow!
I don't even know why they're popular. I just want to write, but then I do hate anything that constricts me (including prompts or exchanges, which is why I don't do them.)
I'm gonna be a Devil's Advocate here, mostly because I happen to like the drabble...

*Devil's Advocate cap ON*

When I write one, I'm not trying to write a whole story. The One knows that I can be as wordy and intricate a storyteller as the best of 'em. However, in a drabble, I'm only trying to capture a pivotal moment, or maybe a pair of pivotal moments. Within a fan fiction setting, a lot of the things that otherwise would need exposition are already presumed understood on the part of the reader - so there's a lot of "padding" not needed.

However, that being said, I find that some of those pivotal moments simply refuse to allow themselves to fit within a mere 100 words. That's why I am more than willing to write double-drabbles, or even tribbles. The idea of a drabble is to give the most emotionally potent picture possible in as succinct a manner as possible. It can be done, and it can be VERY powerful that way.

YMMV. But as an exercise in using precise language, nothing can beat writing drabbles.

*now doffing Devil's Advocate cap and running for the hills*
It may be different for people who enjoy writing drabbles, but drabbles, or even tribbles, are simply not what I want to read. They do not remain with me as certain scenes in novels do.
That's OK, Spiced, lots of people don't like drabbles. I'll continue to write longer pieces too so that you have things you enjoy reading also :-) *hugs*

- Erulisse (one L)
I'm used to thinking on the opposite side of the norm. I also love writing poetry. The entire idea of compressing one slide of time and a scene into a mere 100 words just appeals to me. It's those multi-chaptered, multi-word epics such as both of you write so very well that completely stop me in my tracks. It'll be OK. We'll either work it our or not, but it won't stop my writing and won't stop my asking for crit on my drabbles.

Thanks and hugs to both of you. I'm sure things will look 1000% better after I catch up on some sleep (it would be really nice if my DH could start feeling better too *sigh*).

- Erulisse (one L)
I began writing with poetry when I was ten. I simply found that what I wanted to do was write stories. Coming from o-fic to fanfic also affected what I look for in fanfiction: sweeping, heretical 'verses.

And speaking of which, I think Ziggy has just updated. What a great start to the morning!
Oh great! An update by Ziggy, and the opportunity to maybe catch up on some chapters by you (sorry, my holiday season was a total zoo of work/sleep/get up and do it again). It seems that I have a nice Sunday ahead of me :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
LOL - I've done fixed word fictlets also. I think the last one I did was some 246 words in length, something like that anyway. It's a fun challenge for me.

*hugs*

- Erulisse (one L)