Not Prose, But Not Really Poetry

My great ambition has always been to write a novel. My inspiration has always been J.R.R. Tolkien and his fantasy world of Middle Earth. In this way, my ambition is kind of sad and pathetic, because, really, all I want to do before I die is actually write a Tolkien-clone. I don't even need it to be published. But despite making quite a few attempts, I've never managed to sustain a story for more than a chapter or so. I need more practice with very basic things, like characterization and exposition. If only I had more time. So because I've never managed to sit down and prolong a narrative, I've ended up writing a bunch of what you might loosely call poetry. I've even gotten up in front of people and recited it, and have gotten polite applause. Sadly, I may have missed my calling and have badly neglected my craft. In high school, I was actually awarded a scholarship because of my writing abilities. I don't think I've really developed much since then. I know, I know. It's all about practice, practice, practice. But instead, I find myself writing blog entries and experiences for this site.
victorious victorious
26-30, M
6 Responses May 10, 2007

I suggest you enroll in a community college and take some English classes:) You have the desire and skills, but you just need to polish them.

After reading JRR Tolkein reviews and the history of how he wrote it and intended for it to be published, I figured that there is only one way to write like him. To write and keep writing until something looks good and then keep writing. All he did was write. Publishing was the battle he had to fight. Freedom of the writing comes from the will to write.<br />
Rule one of writing is to write and that's the only rule that matters.<br />
Keep it up, you do it well!

Ok I'm going bad in time to a place i BARELY REMEMBER.....friggin capslock. Why is it so close to the shift button?<br />
I think Tolkien went through the same thing. I remember reading a collection of short stories of his. A multitude of stories all kinda sorta tied together. Perhaps that is the way to get started. First write interconnected short stories, then as you get better, find a way to make it all work together.<br />
As for the Tolkien book it might have been the adventures of Tom Bombadill of some such thing. We're talking 25 years ago so the memory is a little fuzzy. I still remember what shelf they were on in the high school library though.<br />
If you try it remember to keep a story board so that the shorts don't contradict each other.

Writing the story line is the easy part. Dressing it up is more difficult<br />
The main thing to aim at is taking your readers on a journey, make them feel as though they are watching the scene rather than reading the words<br />
To do this you need to regularly describe the ambience (weather, colours, temperature, scenery, noise etc) and the traits, behaviour, moods and characteristics of the pla<x>yers.<br />
Read Stephen Leather's web site for some good tips<br />
Don't give up

I'm with you. I always start, and then stop. I hit these awful walls, leaving worlds upon worlds frozen for eternity. Characters never breathing life after more than a few chapters, and plot-lines falling into space like a train gone off it's tracks. It's awful.

I know exactly what you mean! I loved The Lord of the Rings from the minute that I first read it in 1998, and have always been inspired to write fantasy.