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Do you know what's so frustrating that you want to tear your hair out by its roots, gnash your teeth together until bits of them fall off from the pressure, dig your fingernails into the palms of your hands and draw blood?

Sitting in the car, or at a restaurant table, with no one else to talk to and coming up with brilliant scene after brilliant scene--and even if you had the presence of mind to take a notebook and pencil and had written down many of the details, once you get home...nothing. It's as if what you had created were nothing more than piddly daydreams that disappear like vapor rising into the air and floating away into nothingness.

That's how I felt today.

I had an idea to write about a young woman involved in an accident, and getting sent to a mythical place--sorta like Wizard of Oz or Labyrinth--a dreamscape, a place that only exists in the imagination, only real to the person who visits.

This was also to be something of a murder mystery--with things going on in the 'real' world that somehow are connected to my mythical world.

It could be a wonderful story if I could just write it.

I'd appreciate any thoughts or questions. Maybe, if asked the right ones, I'd be able to flesh out my characters and world a little more, and that'd help.



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Nov. 7th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
What's the woman like? Who is she, what is she about? Is the fantasy land scary or interesting for her, or both? Are there people/creatures that she interacts with there, and since this fantasy land is her imagination, are they parts of her personality, or reflections of what she sees of others around her?

And what's going on in the real world? Who's worried about her, what caused the accident, if it was an accident? Who's the one piecing together the mystery on the outside, and is she trying to explore it/solve it from the inside as well?
Nov. 7th, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
These are great questions and I've been pondering them for about twenty minutes. They've made me realize that I need to sit down and come up with a character analysis for at least two characters, so that I can know their motivations at least, as well as something describing what I want the fantasy land to be like--even if its just a note right now...

Thanks :)
Nov. 7th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
I'd love to hear about it when you come up with something.

And you're welcome. This is an example of my "superbeta" mode, it kicks in whenevever the authors I'm working with are having problems.
Nov. 8th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)
I've sort of forgotten how to do character analysis. I think maybe I just plain don't want to write this thing, no matter how much I may think I do.

Anyway, I did get a couple of scenes--very brief, not even complete scenes--written here

Also, there's another scene I wrote several months ago, that I was going to use for something different--only now I think it might go well with what I'm planning for this novel. Plus, I have two basic character profiles. If I use that scene, I may decide those two are my main characters.
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