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Your date, Mr. Charlie Marno
09 May 2011 @ 02:02 pm
Shoes on. iPod charged. Ready for a run, but wait -- it's raining. 

Current Mood: annoyed
Your date, Mr. Charlie Marno
23 April 2011 @ 11:44 pm
I've always looked at short stories as a great way to experiment with style and language. I live for the kinds of sentences that gush and flow and pull you along with the current. And I hate them, too, because they're so difficult to balance out. Structure will always be my downfall.

I was never much of a rambler. I like the challenge of cutting the word count down as much as possible, leaving just what's essential to the story. Which is why I'm a fan of short-form stories. I don't have the patience or attention span necessary to see anything over 10,000 words all the way through. I can never keep my thoughts straight. God help me if I ever tried to write a novel.
Current Mood: contemplative
Your date, Mr. Charlie Marno
18 April 2011 @ 01:54 pm
Nearly two years I've been away from this journal. I can't imagine my writing's improved much since, but it's a fun thing to return to Where You Were Once Upon A Time. It's been a terribly long dry spell. I haven't read anything to come out of fandom in as long. I'm not a good networker in this way. Sometimes I'm afraid I'll let myself be swayed by another person's opinion of how "X should have ended up with Y, not A OR B." I'm a bit selfish when you get down to it.

I use fanfiction as a way of easing myself back into a writing schedule. It's creative problem solving: these are the characters and this is the canon. Now solve for X.

I stretch my brain muscles and re-train my fingers to the rhythms of the keyboard, and fill in the blanks. Good fanfiction for me is just that: supplemental to existing canon. Not a complete re-imagining of the source material you fell in love with in the first place, but complementary to the original. I'm interested in the cut scenes, the gaps in time and spaces between major events that didn't make it into the books. 

Fanfiction for me, then, is a way of exploring issues I have with characters and relationships, a way of reconciling personal grievances with issues presented. Of course I'll never be able to say without any hint of doubt that anything I write in any 'verse will be entirely, unquestionably canon, but that's the point: being able to challenge myself to understand these characters as best I possibly can, in hopes that it will translate into my own original fiction in the long run.
Your date, Mr. Charlie Marno
14 August 2009 @ 09:22 pm
I was telling a good friend the other day about my fear -- one of the many -- of delving too far into literary theory lest I somehow compromise what little "creative voice" I may have. But then I remembered the best piece of advice I was ever given: learn all the theory you can, and then throw it out the window.

Of course, it was pertaining to an early attempt at musical endeavors, but I'm nearly ashamed to admit just how great this advice is -- after all, I ignored it for God knows how many years. No matter. I took it, and came across Reading Like A Writer, by Francine Prose -- how apropos is that name? -- and I'm looking at literature in an entirely new way. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

Current Mood: complacent
Your date, Mr. Charlie Marno
05 August 2009 @ 04:05 pm
How do you know if you're a writer?

A musician? A painter? A welder? A pilot?

I mean: how do you know when you've made the leap from student/practitioner/hack  to having truly become that thing? Is there a letter that comes in the mail, congratulating you -- some certificate that you tack up behind your desk in a %50-off frame from Target? Or are you supposed to inherently know what you are?

That leaves too much for interpretation. Reconsideration. Doubt.

I write. I edit. And... I still have a hard time calling myself a writer. I feel like a faker, because I'm so obviously a novice, and I've such a long way to go. So I keep going, keep faking it, keep feeling a little glimmer of vanity when I finish a piece I really, really like.

... but I'm still not a writer -- so don't get any ideas just yet.

Current Mood: pensive