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20 January 2006 @ 05:23 pm
a week beginning and ending in memes  
Top 10 signs a story was written by me


  1. It starts off in medias res, with people all of a sudden noticing that they have amnesia, or gaping wounds, or breasts.
  2. It's not actually a story, it's a snippet. Or three lines. Or a description of what I'd write if I were writing a story.
  3. Everyone is gazing, looking, watching, and glancing. If Rodney went blind, it wouldn't make any difference--he'd *seem* to be staring off into space, and John would be eyeing him. Rodney would also be fidgeting with something as he spoke, possibly a beer or a gun, because there's no business like stage business.
  4. At least one word has to be looked up in a dictionary, and I probably checked the definition myself, because I wanted to be sure it meant what I thought it meant. Ten other words are probably wrong.
  5. The point-of-view is painfully tight, like a pair of someone else's shoes that the author put on, walked a mile in, and then couldn't pry off.
  6. It's raining adjectives and adverbs and we are all drowning.
  7. There is at least one small but important word missing, e.g., "Blood is thicker water."
  8. The Rule of Threes inserts itself sneakily into every crevice. It is clever, remorseless, and all-powerful. It bends innocent sentences to its will, sways them to its creed, and is often redundant. Three, three, three.
  9. The title is a word or phrase of dubious relevance exposing the desperate, last-minute clutch of a panicky author.
  10. It is very gay.
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(Anonymous) on January 21st, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
Anna's writing
1. It is extraordinary visual, almost cinematic.

2. Aaron Sorkin or Joss Whedon would be happy to claim any of the dialogue as their own.

3. Though usually almost effulgent with witty observation it is not just a shiny veneer, at the heart of it there's always some emotional truth.

4. It exposes new facets of long-familiar characters.

5. It makes people very happy.
kittygoslingp on January 21st, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
Re: Anna's writing
This was me, getting all carried away and forgetting to log in.
Nickcoconutboi on January 22nd, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Anna's writing
Awe, Joss Whedon makes my life gleeful (is that a real word.. or did I just make it up?)
do you want orcs? because this is how you get orcs: Congel: Alleyskita0610 on January 21st, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
It is very gay.

I love you.
Navit: riverdancek_navit on January 21st, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
Oh, you're wonderful :-)
Herself_nycherself_nyc on January 21st, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
Ahhhhhhh! :: huggles you ::
auroramamaauroramama on January 21st, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
I especially revere your explanation of Painfully Tight POV.
(Anonymous) on January 21st, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
Because Anna writes metaphors that you want to have sex with.
Josselin Kohljosselin on January 21st, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
I actually have a WIP on my harddrive called "anna story" because I have been writing it and it definitely fulfills numbers 9 and 10 (and 1, but that's more generic, perhaps!) and I knew it was definitely imitating you. :)
Trepkostrepkos on January 21st, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
The top sign that a story is written by you is that your readers have all melted.
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Sarapanisdead on January 21st, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
Rodney went blind, it wouldn't make any difference--he'd *seem* to be staring off into space, and John would be eyeing him.

HAH.

I've been enjoying everybody's versions of these very much. I think prillalar's is still my favorite, though:
1). It says "By Hal" on it."
Neeryneery on January 21st, 2006 08:33 am (UTC)
"Blood is thicker water."

Actually, that's kind of... true. Hm.

It starts off in medias res, with people all of a sudden noticing that they have amnesia, or gaping wounds, or breasts.

Totally the best way to start a story.

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Nickcoconutboi on January 22nd, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
I think with school, work, and my inability to put life out as a time share (I'm very greedy with my time) I will not be ina relationship anytime soon. Fortunately for me, you write things. And it's probably just about the next best thing to having actual human contact without the actual physical touchy touchy.
Ennameenname on January 23rd, 2006 10:03 am (UTC)
It is also very, very good and completely addictive to read. These two things cannot be forgotten either,
Slantslanted_truths on January 23rd, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
Random huggle by random person, because some people rock my world, some make me giggle, some make me go aw, and some make my insides twist, but you're one of the few that can do all that and more. There's nothing quite like knowing you do that to someone, at least until they turn odd and stalker like and lurk in your Lj reading every scrap of fic and squeeing quietly to themselves.
::Blinks innocently::
::luffs on you liek whoa::
drc: piglet-heartdrc1 on January 24th, 2006 07:19 am (UTC)
OT: Happy Birthday, Anna, and many, many happy returns!:-)
Resonant: Cupcakeresonant8 on January 24th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
Ooh, is it your birthday? Happy birthday!
Neery: lizardneery on January 24th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
Completely unrelated to the original post: The happiest of birthdays to you!
tabaquitabaqui on January 24th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
I want to do the ten, but i'm lame and can't think of more than two.
Heh.
Does it count if someone else thinks of them for you?

Many Happy Returns of the Day!
eaceac on January 24th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
psst!
Happy Birthday!
ruthless1ruthless1 on January 24th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
11. The story usually ends up kind of wet. Cuz we (your loving readers) all love them so much we lick 'em to death.
Happy "day you ended up in this incarnation so you could get all growed up and end up writing such great stuff for all of us to read"
See how I cleverly bypassed embarrassing you with a regular old Happy Birthday? I hope it has been filled with guilt free crumpets and a dose or two of hot Rodney or Mcshep or Spike or Xander.
Sylvike: Birthday 05 (ani candles)fishsanwitt on January 24th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
Popping in to say "Happy Birthday"!
(Anonymous) on January 24th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks and Happy Birthday
I can't recall the winding path that lead me to your writing just over a month ago, but it's been a delicious trip. The J/V in particular, kills me.
It's intriguing to read what you see as commonalities in your own work. And I hadn't given it much consideration before, but #6 is absolutely true, and part of what I find so enjoyable about your style. (#1 is pretty damn fantastic too.) So, thank you.
And the reason I finally decided to comment: I read in jolielaide's LJ that today is your birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
girlguidejonesgirlguidejones on January 25th, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
Hope your birthday is grand!
Dances With Vampires: Happy Birthdayyahtzee63 on January 25th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
Have a good one!
Mintwitchmintwitch on January 25th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Somewhere in my head we actually did get together for coffee, once. Then I followed you home and parked in your living room for 48 hours, watching all your Sentinel tapes, until you finally got the cops to come and take me away. Now, I stalk you, weirdly and erratically, on the internet. There may be a restraining order involved.
annezook on January 27th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
Hee
The title is a word or phrase of dubious relevance exposing the desperate, last-minute clutch of a panicky author.

That sounds so much like me....

I see I missed your birthday. Here's wishing it was happy!