marycatelli: (Roman Campagna)
The hero and the other characters were roused up early in the dawn. And go trudging off.
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marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
The Art of Time in Fiction: As Long as It Takes by Joan Silber

A look at various uses of time, passage of time, structure of time, speed and slowness, flashbacks (a correction:  flashbacks are a technique to reveal backstory, they are not the same thing), the effect of death on a story.  Literary in examples.
marycatelli: (Strawberries)
Time passes in stories.  Which means it passes even in the regions where a story of mine is taking place. . .

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marycatelli: (Default)
I'm outlining a story. It's not the sort that takes place over a couple of hours, or even a couple of weeks.

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timeliness

Apr. 9th, 2017 09:06 pm
marycatelli: (sunset)
I think I may need a calendar for this story.

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marycatelli: (sunset)
Keeping an eye on natural things can help with story telling.  Both setting the scene and keeping track of time.  So you have your crocuses, tulips, irises, roses, and all the rest blooming in the correct order.
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timeliness

Mar. 4th, 2017 01:00 pm
marycatelli: (Roman Campagna)
So the boys are often wandering the labyrinth. Briskly. They don't want to be trapped there all night. . . .

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marycatelli: (Strawberries)
Was all done with the outline and all set to start writing. . . with the beginning of school.  The beginning of fall, I thought.

Except that as soon as I looked ahead, to the settings where they would stay, that was impossible.  Too many green and growing things, too little snow (like, none).
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marycatelli: (Baby)
Still haven't named him for sure, but I know when his birthday is.
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holidays

Nov. 27th, 2016 12:24 am
marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Was philosophically pondering holiday tales.
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
I need a man with a gun in his hand to come through the door, or rather, his fantastical equivalent, suitable for the story. . . or maybe not. . . .

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marycatelli: (Galahad)
A new fledged superhero, the classic flying brick with flight, supersenses, invulnerability and strength, and I was meandering along and -- put him in a fight.
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marycatelli: (Dawn)
Sometimes you just have to put down the pen and research.  Let's hear it for the web, which helps minimize the time. . . but it's got to be done.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
So some events happen in one scene:  characters, students of magic, magically hide something for other students to find.  Next scene, the other studentsare talking about what to do about it, and I go -- errrr. . . .  I need to break this up.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
I think the story started too late.  The heroine is about to have the great adventure -- but she's thinking in the past perfect too often, remembering a young woman lion tamer, how she came to the menagerie and learned it was a bad name, and more.  A warning sign, a dangerous one -- like putting a flashback in the first pages.  On the other hand. . . .
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story time

Apr. 28th, 2016 11:55 pm
marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Was working on a story.  Realizing that something would probably last from one summer to the next.
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