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Pulling The Plug [Oct. 6th, 2004|09:46 am]
Tony Grist
I stare at my two year old novel in disbelief. I wrote this? The horror, the horror! It's broke all the way through, unfixable. Then the heroine, who's taking a bath, reaches out for the chain with her toes and pulls the plug. And suddenly she's alive again and I can write dialogue for her and the old joy-in-creation has returned.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2004-10-06 10:42 am (UTC)
I can write dialogue for her and the old joy-in-creation has returned.

I'm glad you found a spot where you could start again.

The horror, the horror!

Do I ever know what you mean. This includes, for me, most of my college stuff (thankfully lost for years), including an unbelievably pretentious sequel to Paradise Lost. Only a nineteen-year-old would be so bold!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-10-06 11:07 am (UTC)
It's good news. It was only the beginning that didn't work. I've cut about 2,000 words, added bits here and there and things are looking OK. I think the bulk of the novel will need very little revision.

A sequel to Paradise Lost? Oh my!
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[User Picture]From: kaysho
2004-10-06 03:34 pm (UTC)
The Devil may be in the details, but it's there that the angels reside as well. :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-10-06 05:04 pm (UTC)
Yes.
"a crack in the teacup opens
A lane to the land of the dead."
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From: amritarosa
2004-10-06 06:10 pm (UTC)
Neato- I just bought some Auden this week.

& I'm so glad this happened for you. I'm still waiting for my old script to catch spark again.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-10-06 07:18 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the script.

It would be good if there was some sure-fire way of firing up the imagination, but I've never found one. It's a mysterious, even spooky business.
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