Stargate Monuments


Martha Wells

My Flying Lizard Circus

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You have no idea how much I needed to read this on today of all days. I've got a life stall going on, and this helps. Thank you. Thank you.

Great advice. Also, Tim Gunn is the best.

Great advice for writing and really good advice for life in general!

Great advice. Fortunately I haven't really gotten to the point of writing myself into a corner, I just seem to be having a creative stall in general. Plus I'm finding myself having not as much time to write as I'd like, so a lot of times I just kind of forgo writing that day even though I'm so behind as it is. Having only a couple hours in the day to write can have incredibly varied results depending on the scene you're writing, and for me, that result usually ends up being a few hundred words at the most, which is discouraging more than anything.

This is one reason I give myself permission to stop at the 1/3 or 1/2 point and review what I have so far. If it's not working, I rewrite.

There's a bit in Dorothy Sayers' Gaudy Night where Harriet is working on her book...

I love Dorothy Sayers' books, and I love Harriet - and every time the subject of her books comes up, I am convinced anew that I would hate Harriet's books. They just sound dreadful, even after apparent problems have been fixed by wise commentary from Peter or elsewhere. I want to assume that Sayers is doing that deliberately, but it's a hard case to make.

Yes, I think so too. This one she's working on in Gaudy Night sounds particularly awful. I guess Wilfred's not supposed to be the main character, but still.

That last image literally made me laugh out loud. I just want to save this and re-read it over and over again until I have it memorized ... for both usefulness and amusement value.

Errr ... the mental image I got with the hedge, I mean. Not so much the literal image that is on the page. Just for clarification. ;)

Getting stuck (plot stalls)

You know where I get stuck? Wrapping it up. I try to tie everything up and sometimes that's not the best option. (Knowing it doesn't necessarily mean avoiding it, though!) Thanks for that posting! I'm stuck right now on my little "fun" story (and of course it's near the end!) So many things you say resonate with me--I'll see if I can approach from a different direction. (And you were right--I know it involves much more than just the spot I'm in now, which is why I was avoiding it. I am going to give it a try.) Looking forward to the Raksura novellas in September. Thanks!

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