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Inspired

This weekend I read an article in Realms of Fantasy (how did I purchase the October 2007 issue in August) about the orphan as archetype, when I was struck by an idea for Mysterious Paris that ups the conflict and stakes - and I hope will eliminate the need for some of the less exciting bits.

I already wrote a new draft of one of the scenes (last scene of the first chapter), but now I'll have to work through how it plays out in the rest of the book! I also rewrote a couple of scenes (but not so drastically) early on, to make the attraction a little stronger at the start. This change also means scenes will play out differently later on.

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kara_gnome
Aug. 29th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
What a great weekend, so much accomplished.

I do that, too, regarding RoF, where you just were reading some random thing and it coalesced into something huge for a story. Funny how that works, and I think shows that our writing is never very far from our thoughts.

The October issue is the most recent, as the magazine comes out every three months--don't worry, no time warp or anything. :)
mmarques
Aug. 30th, 2007 11:11 am (UTC)
I must admit that when I saw the article was about orphans, I did think of Mysterious Paris. Manon isn't an orphan, but she is dealing with the death of her mother. I wasn't actively thinking of the story while reading, but my mind was primed :-)
tchernabyelo
Aug. 29th, 2007 12:43 pm (UTC)
It's an old tradition in the magazine market to bring issues out long before their cover date, so that they are still seen as current for a longer period and have a chance to sell before over-zealous newsagents clear the racks and throw them back at pubilshers. Certainly comics are regularly dated about three months in advance of their actual release date.
monkeyman
Aug. 29th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
See, I told you those journals would prove to be useful ... ;)
mmarques
Aug. 30th, 2007 11:09 am (UTC)
I thought you recommended OnSpec. I had heard of ROF from lots of people. I'll post when I get to OnSpec (after I finish ROF, I'll probably read a book, then OnSpec).
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