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Oct. 8th, 2013 08:55 am
lullenny: (fool)
I haven't been active in any journal community as Lullenny in years but I thought these entries from the book Making Shapely Fiction might be of interest to people, so I imported it from LiveJournal (which I will purge and eventually delete).

I hope you find the entries useful.

Zigzag

Jan. 19th, 2005 07:06 am
lullenny: (eats)
The last entry. I've made it all the way to zigzag.

I'd started typing and posting these terms because I couldn't write; I'd hoped revisiting them would help jump-start some inspiration. I can't say it was unsuccessful (I have managed to write a bit, though little related directly to hobbits), but my productivity remains less than it was. Hrm, I'll have to brainstorm other ways to get my mojo back.

I am very pleased, however, that it seems some of you have found the excerpts from Stern's book helpful.

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The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Zigzag )

Workshops

Jan. 18th, 2005 07:38 am
lullenny: (eats)
From today's entry:
"By putting your story up for discussion you learn how to listen to criticism and how to deal with it. By hearing the reactions to other stories you begin to recognize who in the workshop is perceptive, judicious, and balanced in judgment. Probably you should pay attention to those persons when your story is discussed. You recognize that the opinions of some people should be discounted. Some are negative bullies and others are uncritical enthusiasts. A person may vehemently attack some aspect of a story that isn't worth more than a minute of discussion because it could be cleared up with the insertion of a single sentence. Someone else may wax rhapsodic about what you recognize as contrived and dishonest. What if that person loves your story?"
Ha! Fanfiction in a nutshell! But I say so in all seriousness: this is what I see happen to fanfic writers. It's a large part of my experience as a fanfic writer. Stern speaks only of how the workshop process affects writing; what he doesn't explore (but happens) includes the friendships made (or ended), the thrilling energy generated when creative minds click -- and, in fandom, the never-ending wank.

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The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Workshops )

Voice

Jan. 16th, 2005 07:53 am
lullenny: (eats)
The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Voice )
lullenny: (eats)
A short entry, but it gets to the heart of things. And the first paragraph is a pep-talk, too.

Also -- I am slowly making good the inter-linking between entries to fulfill in LiveJournal form the usability of the book's structure. I hope to make them all current today, by the weekend at least.


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The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Trust Your Material )
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The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Transitions )
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The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Tour de Force )

Title

Jan. 11th, 2005 07:22 am
lullenny: (eats)
The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Title )

Theme

Jan. 10th, 2005 07:26 am
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The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Theme )

Texture

Jan. 9th, 2005 10:53 am
lullenny: (eats)
I love comparing writing to food. Oh the brain-twinkies I have consumed!

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The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Texture )

Tension

Jan. 8th, 2005 07:27 am
lullenny: (eats)
The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Tension )

Suspense

Jan. 7th, 2005 07:26 am
lullenny: (eats)
Oops. I seemed to have missed one. Here it is, only a little out of order.

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The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Suspense )

Symbolism

Jan. 6th, 2005 07:29 am
lullenny: (eats)
The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Symbolism )
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The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Suspension of Disbelief )

Sublety

Jan. 4th, 2005 07:32 am
lullenny: (eats)
The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Subtlety )

Style

Jan. 3rd, 2005 09:34 am
lullenny: (eats)
Another long entry, one that invites me to think about how the goals of voice and style in fanfic might differ from other genres. Stern warns us rightly Finding your own style means not falling under the spell of another style, but writers of fanfic are complimented when they write in the style of the source text. A fic author will find things like "the language is very much in keeping with the original," or "the voice is just like the books" or "a great feel for Tolkien's style -- Rowling's style -- O'Brian's style -- C.S. Lewis's style" in her e-mail, and she will consider them huge compliments. I wonder how -- or if -- this dynamic affects fanfic writers.

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The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Style )

Structure

Dec. 30th, 2004 09:22 am
lullenny: (eats)
The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Structure )
lullenny: (eats)
The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Stream of Consciousness )
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The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Stories Within Stories )

Stereotype

Dec. 27th, 2004 09:40 am
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The following is an excerpt from Part III of the book Making Shapely Fiction, by Jerome Stern. The first two parts are very much worth reading as well. The book is available in paperback.

Stereotype )

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