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sarge
I had thought...
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:24
2601:982:8201:63b8:b561:9f02:d67d:cc25

...you were more thinking out loud to yourself quite yet, so didn't want to queer the thought process.

If you go with Widford, there is enough there you might want to perhaps write the ending in the briefest scratch form just so you establish a goal. You might it easier thus to have a place in mind to go. Just a thought, but bear in mind that suggestion comes from a very analytical mind, not an artist's mind, so might not be a suitable thought.

Regarding our friend Tinkletap, I wouldn't sweat what you fear as a lifting from others. Unless done intentionally as a copy of another's storyline, it isn't really plagaristic. A set of characteristics for various known magical creatures and peoples, elves, dwarves, whisps, brownies used in your story is no more the property of one author than something from "reality" like the ship in "Treasure Island", or a legendary sea-monster like the kraken in any of a dozen sea-stories through "20,000 Leagues" to "Pirates of the Caribbean". The story you weave, even using plot elements of known formula ("Star Trek" begat how many stories using familiar formulae? And Roddenbury (sic) was influenced by so many before him).

Complete utter originality from beginning to end is actually almost impossible and arguably a huge mistake. The reader has no grounding in the familiar whatsoever without elements already known and attractive to him.

Don't hobble yourself by the worship of false gods.


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    • I had thought... - sarge, Sun Jan 13 11:24
      • A VERY GOOD IDEA, THANKYOU - MIKE, Sun Jan 13 13:34
        You know what was holding me up with Widford? I had an ending but couldn't think of how to get there without writing a really massive tome, or giving the ending away in advance. The plan was to first ... more
        • Oh and you were also correct - mike, Sun Jan 13 15:22
          About my thinking aloud to myself, quite right but that doesn't forbid you from chiming in because I realized today that I'm in your debt for the encouragement that has kept me going with the stories ... more
          • Whatever works for you - or me - mike, Sun Jan 13 16:53
            As I said before, its amazing the way things work out! I'm really putting a lot of effort into keeping this 2019 journal/sketchbook/storybook neat and tidy as possible. So I decided to cover the... more
            • I'm going to be... - sarge, Sun Jan 13 18:56
              ... somewhat quiet at the moment, but know it isn't being non-supportive by any means. I read all this like you really need to become one with these stories again. If you hit a wall, well, put it... more
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