(9/20/02 1:22:19 pm)
| Writing a Fairy tale|
I am an engineer by profession so you know where all my effort went from child hood. I have been very much interested in making up fantasy stories for friends and siblings while I was growing up. The I gave a break of 10+ years.
I started doing the same after my wedding, when I realized my wife would get bored if I started telling about my work everyday. These days my wife started pressuring me to put some of those stories on paper as she finds some of them very interesting. I never wrote one before. So I picked up books on writing and started reading..
Any suggestions on how I should be proceeding in order to get one done.
Also I feel I should concentrate on writing a screen play rather than a novel..as it will be done faster and will have more prospects of looked at.
(9/20/02 10:57:47 pm)
| Re: Writing a Fairy tale|
A book called "Fantasy Literature: From Dragon's Lair to Hero's Quest" by Philip Martin is a good guide to writing fantasy and will probably answer all your questions.
(9/21/02 8:10:39 am)
| Re: Writing a Fairy tale|
I'd jump in and start writing.
And then, I'd go looking for some other writers to give me feedback. There are a few online writing workshops, and possibly you could make contact with a face-to-face group in your community.
While reading about writing is a good place to start, and can give you things focus on as you write, my growth as a writer has come from the comments and critiques of other writers more knowledgeable than myself.
Yahoo.com probably has some groups set up for screenwriters, and you might want to sign up for a few to immerse yourself, along with some genre groups.
Hope that helps.
(9/21/02 10:32:39 am)
| Thank you|
Thank you. I am going to check out the book. Yesterday I bought Dramatica pro which is supposed to help me in structure. I started on it. I can start writing once I realize my structure on this software. (supposed to be very good)
I read a book by christopher vogler yesterday called the writers journey. I realized my stories match his description 99%. Well, thank you for both the suggestions. One writer I met in the city library suggested to keep writing also.
I am so excited to do this. I am going to take a month off from work and spend time on it.
Anymore suggestions would be welcome as I am a complete novice at this without any literary skills as such. Also I do not have much time to spend on reading lot of books, I have to select the books I read.
(9/22/02 8:57:29 am)
| cpe's writing advice in 17 lines|
Dear hbee: just my two cent's worth offering about your writing and your beautiful eagerness to learn... Yes, read, see, talk, give true study. That is SO good and proper. Also, in art, one finds their own peculiar way; no one can say, do this and this, for there is more than just your normal "you" in the equation of creating...all will need consideration and study and nourishment.
i would just offer this one piece of advice, and I hestitate to even offer that, for it may not fit for anyone far past my own hoveled heart, but I have the following taped to the wall at my writing desk. It is written on one of those ruled jumbo-sized magenta post-it-notes in black from an ink pen. (my constant loves from a childhood deprived of adequate paper and writing instruments...I confess to a love of papers and of writing tools of all kinds-- the stranger, the more competent the pen, the faster the paper-- the better.)
Also, please invite us all to the premiere screening of your movie! We will show up as trolls and fairies and creatures from far gallaxies, and be able to say we knew you when... (smile-- )
CPE's WRITING ADVICE in 17 LINES
"...whilst in the midst of the work,
commerce cannot be allowed
to be crowned the crippled king...
Remember the sun of the heart
is what makes art
more than art...
this, and your best answers
to The Two Questions
still called out
in all the woods and warrens
of the world...
"To whom does this chalice belong?
Whom shall this chalice serve?""