Saturday, March 20, 2010

Yesterday I crossed 2000 words on a story.
2150 and done, to be precise.
Like me, my characters tend to summarize a para in a single "yes/no"
So this is big for me.
drumroll.


At the eyedoc's this morning, I came close to hyperventilating.
The parent couldn't get the washroom door to open after he'd locked himself in.
Anyway.

8 comments:

manuscrypts said...

haha.. i'm just imagining a story with loads of questions and only 'yes/no' answers.. that should be fun :)

AmitL said...

haha- congrats- your characters' nature sounds pretty much like mine, Austy- no frivolous talk.:)Congrats!
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Ohhh...the eyedoc's experience must have been scary.

mago said...

Your first epos! ;)

Tamanna Mishra said...

You are lucky Austy. I always seem to talk/ write more than I need to. Wordiness I tell you!

Congratulations btw :)

austere said...

Tamanna- I have to scrounge the words out. :) So great for you.
Not really-- does not matter....

mago- was ist epos?

amitl- yep. my bp shot up

manuJI- likho and bhejo. asap. chalo!

mago said...

"Epos" is an old-greek word that means "the told"; that what is told; and can so refer to "word" and to "the telling" as story. Greek plural would be "epoi", German "Epen", English I don't know.
Epen tell basical stories, deal with mystical and phantastic themes, often feature a heroic figure. The epos does not know irony or something like that, it is not able to laugh about what it describes: The epos in a way always tells the story of a collective, not an individual. Gilgamesh, Homer's Ilias, the Odyssee, the Germanic Nibelungenlied, the Chansons de Geste, all that are "classical" Epen. The epos tends to have no real form - what discernes it from the novel and other smaller forms that follow a plan or a lay-out. The epos is more or less open for detours, other stories to be put in - the uncle of our hero once met a friend ... - but it is roughly structured by "books" or "songs" ... that can be stories that circle around one motif for example.

Anyway, an epos is long. Very long. "Episch" today is used in the meaning of (unnecessary) length and width.

My remark was aimed at this - the length you mentioned. See, Homer talked about the Greek ships without stopping for 300 verses (?) - a simple "They had many ships." would have done. :)

PQ said...

Congratz Austy! Way to go.

austere said...

mago- phew! That's what I need to learn to write, then, stories that go on and on.But thank you for this wise input.

PQ- shukriyaz.