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Writing Blockage

Not exactly writer's block, I just have this problem that I've got all these loose ends, and the chapter AFTER the Battle of the Pelennor Fields or the Flight to the Ford is always rather patchy and forgettable. Lots of character business has to happen: people putting themselves back together, checking in, finding out what happened. At the same time plot must move forward. And one can't spend too long milling around.

I found myself skipping over description of setting because I had too much Talk to fit in, then realized that a) I have talking head syndrome, and b) I gave too much description to places like Home and Djose, where only a few chapters took place, whereas I've got an awful lot of stuff happening in Bevelle and in this new Houses of Healing Yuna's Cloister I added to the geography.

The Tolkien parallels are so blinkin' obvious. It's not on purpose. I just absorbed his patterns so much they keep cropping up.

I just finished Pelennor Fields/Flight to the Ford. (Except Auron didn't quite follow Théoden's path to its end; he jumped off the Bridge at Z'Ha'Dum instead.)

I'm now at Houses of Healing/Many Meetings, which is a hard chapter to write.

Then we have the Council of Elrond / The Last Debate. And somehow, in this chapter, along with dealing with all the battle-fallout, I need to establish my Elrond figure.

So anyway. Between that and dissertation, the next chapter of LHAD may take a while.




( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 11th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Let's see...
Auron is Theoden? :O

I always thought he was Aragorn; strong, silent, scruffy-looking dark hair laced with gray...

Of course, he's not a king, so there goes *THAT* theory... :P

So, who's the Elrond figure?

Sep. 11th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Let's see...
I was thinking of Théoden's glorious last ride and then getting himself killed. Very vaguely. Although yes, my Auron is more of an Aragorn-figure, if you imagine that Arwen is working for Sauron. O.o;;

As I say, I don't set out to model anything in particular on Tolkien, I just see parallels. (As when I noticed my image of Lulu as Sin closely matched what Galadriel threatened to become.)

There has been a Council of Yevon chapter in my outline since the beginning, though!

As for Elrond -- guess! It's somebody who's appeared already. :)
Sep. 13th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
At a guess...
I'd say Isaaru. Your Isaaru just seems to be chockfull of Elven Wisdom...

Sep. 13th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Re: At a guess...
*scratches head*

Oooo, I like that.

Now that I think about it.

My Isaaru is Faramir. With a little bit more insincerity, self-deception uppermost.

But Faramir was very Elrond-like.

The chapter is ready to post after all. I'm just going to set it aside and read it again this afternoon, giving it a final dab of polish.

It should be up by dinnertime.
I.E. after my baseball game. (sheepish grin)

Edited at 2009-09-13 08:05 pm (UTC)
Sep. 13th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Re: At a guess...
OK, maybe my brain just isn't functioning right now; but I can't figure out who the Elrond figure is.

Maybe a hint, please?

Sep. 13th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Re: At a guess...
Hint: I gave you one in the last post. It's right in front of your nose. :)

(Yes, I'm mean)
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