Archive for September, 2010

Goals, Motivation, Conflict and Tension

Kristen Lamb posted a link on her latest blog post to what she described as the ‘formula to great writing’. It’s from another blog about writing, this one called Adventures in Children’s Publishing.

It advises making charts of the goals, motivation, conflict and tension relating to your characters. It explains that good characters have conflicting goals – internal and external ones, for example. Characters should also have conflicting goals – this leads to the greatest level of tension, which is what keeps people reading.

Read the full article here.

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Writing Diary

Last week I didn’t get much writing done. Well – I didn’t get any work done, really. My girlfriend’s brother came over to visit and we spent a very pleasant week sightseeing and travelling with him.

Yesterday, however, I finished the first draft of my story ‘Waking Up’; it’s around 9,000 words in total. I also submitted a critique to Critters. I have to choose another story and critique it before the end of Wednesday next week to keep my critiquing ratio at 100%. Then my own story, ‘The Green Marble’, will be up for review. I hope to have a good few critiques back by the following Wednesday.

antistrophe

an·tis·tro·phe /ænˈtɪstrəfi/

–noun
1. the part of an ancient Greek choral ode answering a previous strophe, sung by the chorus when returning from left to right.
2. the movement performed by the chorus while singing an antistrophe.
3. Prosody . the second of two metrically corresponding systems in a poem. Compare strophe ( def. 3 ) .

Origin:
1540–50; < Gk: a turning about. See anti-, strophe

—Related forms
an·ti·stroph·ic  /ˌæntəˈstrɒfɪk, -ˈstroʊfɪk/, an·tis·tro·phal, adjective
an·ti·stroph·i·cal·ly, adverb

Source: Dictionary.com.

It was already part of the story he heard and repeated, or that Berengar imagined, in his agitation and his remorse. Because there is, as antistrophe to Adelmo’s remorse, a remorse of Berengar’s: you heard it.

Source: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.

lemures

lem·u·res /ˈlɛmyəˌriz; Lat. ˈlɛmʊˌrɛs/

–plural noun Roman Religion .
the ghosts of the dead of a family, considered as troublesome unless exorcised or propitiated; larvae.

Origin:
1545–55; < L; see lemur

Source: Dictionary.com.

I realized I was having a vision and that there was a damned soul before me, one of the lemures.

Source: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.

balneary

Balneary \Bal”ne*a*ry\, n. [L. balnearium, fr. balneum bath.]
A bathing room. –Sir T. Browne.

Source: Die.net.

balneal or balneary (ˈbælnɪəl, ˈbælnɪərɪ)

— adj
rare of or relating to baths or bathing

[C17: from Latin balneum bath, from Greek balaneion ]

Source: Dictionary.com.

without difficulty we opened the door of the balneary, next to the infirmary.

Separated one from the other by thick curtains were some tubs, I don’t recall how many. The monks used them for their ablutions, on the days the Rule established, and Severinus used them for therapeutic reasons, because nothing can restore body and mind better than a bath. A fireplace in one corner allowed the water to be heated easily. We found it dirty with fresh ashes, and before it a great cauldron lay, overturned. The water could be drawn from a font in another corner.

Source: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.

versicle

ver·si·cle /ˈvɜrsɪkəl/

–noun
1. a little verse.
2. Ecclesiastical . a short verse, usually from the Psalms, said or sung by the officiant, after which the congregation recites a response. Compare response ( def. 3a ) .

Origin:
1350–1400; ME < L versiculus. See verse, -i-, -cle 1

Source: Dictionary.com.

But after the responsory, the hymn, and the versicle, as the chanting of the Gospel began, I glimpsed just above the altar, beyond the windows of the choir, a pale glow that was already making the panes shine in their various colors, subdued till then by the darkness.

Source: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.

responsory

re·spon·so·ry /rɪˈspɒnsəri/

–noun, plural -ries. Ecclesiastical .
an anthem sung after a lection by a soloist and choir alternately.

Origin:
1375–1425; late ME < LL respōnsōrium, equiv. to L respond ( ēre ) to respond + –tōrium -tory2 , with dt > s

Source: Dictionary.com.

But after the responsory, the hymn, and the versicle, as the chanting of the Gospel began, I glimpsed just above the altar, beyond the windows of the choir, a pale glow that was already making the panes shine in their various colors, subdued till then by the darkness.

Source: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.