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.
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)