Talk Write #2: A good start...

March 31, 2017

Jordan: I'm happy to have you back in front of a cup of tea. I feel like it's about to become a ritual of ours. In a couple of weeks I'll be able to order for you -laugh- 


Maylis: Half of the time I, don't even know what I want so good luck with that. 


Jordan: Let's see. I don't know if you remember but last time we exchanged our views on what writing's essence was, and we also tackled the environment issue when you start working on something this big. [if you've missed it, check it out here]


Maylis: That's it, it is always good to be able to share this kind of stuff with someone, someone you can count on. 

Jordan: This time I'd like to talk about how to start the story, I know you have your own secret recipee, we've talked about it before, and I recall we had two different ways of working.


I remember when I decided to start writing my own story, I was kind of unfocused the way I did things, I felt that if I wrote everything in a very detailled way, I would lost something in the making, closing doors and shutting down some stroryline opportunities. So I used to write in a raw way, and at the beginning it worked...until I had to wrtie some really detailled pieces of the story, and then blank page. I ended up never finishing this story for which I've been lacking sleep for many weeks. So I decided to do the opposite of what I was doing. I created a new story, but this time in a really detailled way with notes, and drawings, etc. But I ended up doubting its potential. I've been keeping writing since then but only songs, articles, and short stories, and now I don't know how to write a long story again! 


You are almost done with yours, what advices could you give to someone who wants to give it another chance? 


Maylis: I actually started like you, without giving it a second thought, almost like a robot. I went pretty far but it did not work. One day I faced this terrible event. my computer crashed and I lost everything. But at the end of the day it was a good thing because thanks to this I took a fresh start, I took a note book, and I started creating a new universe. Because I'm into fantasy and magic, I created a map, with the populations and the creatures that exist in this universe. I completed the basic rules of magic, its strength, its limits. Then i took care of the characters. Once I was done with it, i realised I was doing another mistake: not knowing where I wanted to go. I started to write the main steps, not in a detailled way, but still thanks to those notes i then knew where I was going. But this one piece of advice does not work for every single genre, eventhough if going step by step, chapter after chapter, is a good way to protect freedom. Everyone is different, but I want to remind that JK Rowling only knew where she was heading since day one. 


Jordan: Do you think there is a good time?  What I mean is that there are times in our lives when we find it hard to start writing a book, and on the contrary, sometimes it's so easy it seems magical!


Maylis: I don't know, this is almost intimate everyone feels different. To me, I feel productive when I'm in an emotional framework, and combining it to a killer playlist, it's even better. I also know I work well when I know I have time to do so. The place is not really important, one summer I was even able to write wihile working. Who knows?! Every case is a different plea. What do you think about it? 


Jordan: I'm almost the same, to this day it's been essentially linked to an emotional factor. But I wish one day I'll be able to become a writing beast without having to feel depressed.  My health is at stake -laugh- 

This is a wide subject, and we will dig into that in the future, but for now I have an appointment with a new Netflix show. Next time you pick the subject, this is a democracy after all! 

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