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V. E. "Veltzeh" Lehkonen

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Writing quiet moments [Jul. 7th, 2009|09:43 pm]
V. E. "Veltzeh" Lehkonen

I read a good rant/post about writing quiet moments in fantasy: http://limyaael.livejournal.com/342416.html
The post contained ranting about thses three points:
1) Characters tend to have extreme emotions.
2) All quiet moments center around the main character.
3) All quiet moments are introspective.

Unfortunately, I feel like I didn't learn anything from the rant since I already write in a "quiet" manner. Very few characters of mine experience fierce emotions, which may be because I don't know how to write having fierce emotions without it sounding horribly clichéd or unrealistically dangerous for the characters.

I could say that everything centers around the main character, but that's somewhat gratuitous. If I give characters significant scenes or enough "face-time", they tend to become central characters or at least significant and/or recurring side characters.

And the final point... what, quiet moments are supposed or expected to be introspective? I didn't know that.

[User Picture]From: xuenay
2009-07-08 09:39 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link - that journal looks worth spending time reading through.
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[User Picture]From: hellmutt
2009-07-08 12:19 pm (UTC)
I love that journal - I keep meaning to spend some good long time reading it.

I have a hugely emotional character (also an assassin who wants to kill the main character, actually!) and a hugely outwardly-unemotional character. But most of them fall naturally somewhere in between.

And quiet moments of humour are the bestest!
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