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Johne

JRRT's Surprise

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I met a lot of things on the way that astonished me. Tom Bombadil I knew already; but I had never been to Bree. Strider sitting in the corner at the inn was a shock, and I had no more idea who he was than had Frodo. The Mines of Moria had been a mere name; and of Lothloriene no word had reached my mortal ears till I came there. Far away I knew there were the Horselords on the confines of an ancient Kingdom of Men, but Fanghorn Forest was an unforeseen adventure. I had never heard of the House of Eorl nor of the Stewards of Gondor. Most disquieting of all, Saruman had never been revealed to me, and I was as mystefied as Frodo at Gandalf's failure to appear on September 22.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, in a letter to W.H. Auden, June 7, 1955”

 

Some see this as a paean to Pantsing (and perhaps it is). Instead I see this as a peek into JRRTs process where he sat himself down and applied pen to paper to pull Story out of the ether to share with friends. Whatever your process is, your productivity will be improved when you actually sit down and just do it.
 

I came at writing from the Panster world but I'm learning to appreciate the virtue of story structure and am finding my own process somewhere in between.

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15 minutes ago, Johne said:

Whatever your process is, your productivity will be improved when you actually sit down and just do it.

This is definitely true. It's only in exploring the world and the story that I discover the fullness of the place and the characters. 

 

Very interesting read. Thanks for sharing, @Johne.

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6 hours ago, Johne said:

your productivity will be improved when you actually sit down and just do it.

So true, and sometimes so hard to do.

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8 hours ago, Johne said:

Whatever your process is, your productivity will be improved when you actually sit down and just do it.

I agree here as well. You just have to get the words down on the page. But for some of us, including myself, it's a never ending battle.

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I've written a one-page synopsis for my seven-book series. I know my characters will be kicked out of their new home as quickly as they were kicked out of their last home. I know they will be sent on a quest impossible to do on their own, but will meet the right "people" along the way. I know who those people will be. I know some of the stuffies they will meet. I know the lessons they must learn to do the impossible.

 

What I don't know is the story of what happens when they meet the others and how that teaches the lessons. Not a clue except for "New Jersey Pinelands," "Pumpkin Chunkin'," "Three Oaks outside of Easton, Maryland," and "Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C."

 

Glad to know Tolkien knew as little as I do. Particularly nice, since I just meet a Dollhouse Mama who is a force to be reckoned with. I never expected her. I hope she survives the upcoming wrath. I like her.

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2 hours ago, Spaulding said:

I hope she survives the upcoming wrath. I like her.

I love it when you journey through a story and encounter an unexpected character who makes you like them. Be it in your own stories, or in the stories of others. 

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