November 23rd, 2005

bear by san

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jmeadows talks about using all the muscles in art. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.

I suspect this is one of the reasons why writing gets harder as one gets better at it. (Unlike everything else in my life I've ever learned to do.)

It's because one's using more muscles, committing more energy--even as one is learning to make it look easy.

There's a bit of advice to writers that runs something like this: Don't hold anything back. Don't save anything for later. Shoot your wad. Use it up. Use it all.

Use your coolest ideas, in other words. Push yourself with your most challenging stories. Write the exciting bits now, not later. Don't hoard your stories, because the cleaner you scrape the bowl, the faster it refills with even better stuff, and that filler you packed in there to try to dole out the good ideas? It's just going to have to be cut anyway.

It works for me, anyway.

In other news, why am I already out of bed, showered, and drinking tea?
bear by san

A prince's power makes all his actions virtue.

So I went straight from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Immediate reaction, just how dumb ARE these kids? Nevermind the title subplot, which requires painstaking stupidity on the part of everyone involved, but I only read about half of book five and I know who RAB has to be. On the other hand, I actually really enjoyed this one, although I am now pretty much convinced things are going to play out about how I expected. (Please mark spoilers in comments for those still skipping them)) back to Sejanus, which I apparently needed a break from yesterday.

End of act III, and only down one Roman. Really, Ben. Will would have had half the cast in the ground by now. What kind of blood and rhetoric is this?!

Try harder, man!

Afer: He shall have justice.
Silius: Nay, I shall have law.