Shine, me friends, fine shine upon youse all!
It's well to be among you once again. I has been telled to clean up mah language for these posts as I am hard to understand! To that end, I spent a goodling while with our absent friend Savvy and had him give me a good cleaning up, as it may be, though I swear nary a bar or sliver a' soap were involved!
Recently, Squinty and Patchy has been making some damn fine shine for you all to enjoy, I have taken much pleasure in it meself because I has been told to forebear upon the lichen whiskey for a spell an' In needed something. There was certain videos Squinty might of recorded of some scandalous rogue who tried to impersonate mah, an' that shall not be repeated! Less we spoke 'o that the better we find it, aye?
So, to the whole actual point o' me ramblin's here now....
Youse've all heard about mah love o' context an' consistency from me fine and shiny brother goblins, it helps a goblin focus and avoid the terrbul shame of gettin' something sent back to a one by Savvy wi' red marks all over it. 'Tis not the paper that holds the shame but the look on his face as he gives it to a one, so it is, that look o'....superiority! I cannae bear it but, I'm telled, it makes us a wee bit better o' a team, so it does. Adds a lot more shine to our output which can no be bad, so?
I was wanting to tell you about Squinty's latest work called "The Creator's Paradox" because t'was mah idea he worked from.
So, what's that mean, that trio of important seeming words there above? Simple, it means every writer needs to be quakers twice over....sorry mah wee joke...ok ok
It actually means that when a one is channeling them mystic muses o' inspiration, a one is so involved that the characters, the story, an' the ideas seem to be making themselves wi'out the help a one at all! It's like yerself is a conduit or channel for some record or occurance that were real and happened but that a one hasn't lived. Like I'm the witness who's recording, not the author who's making stuff up to me own fancy.
It happens when yeh falls on what I keep calling mah context. Once a one has established and set that out proper, you cannae write anything that doesnae fit; the story seems like as has a life o' its own now and it'll fight a one if'n you try to change it in ways it doesnae like. Many have said that having a story is like having a child.
T'will take over your life, wake a one up in the middle of the night, you dinnae want to talk about nothing else, everything you see and experience tries to find its way into being a part of the story; every interesting person you meet or great tale or joke you hear...and it has to be fed, constantly! Now, I can not speak for human kiddies but, wi' goblin bairns, that is no task for the faint of heart!
It is alive, your story, an' like the vampires of legend, it takes of your life to maintain its own, it cannae live without you but it ensures you need it equally; it's an awful clever wee thing for something we crazy nutters made up in our our heads, is it not? At night I have often asked myself what that says about mahself...the good thing is, I go on to tell me that it's grand and shiny so shush away and get on with yer job you effed up wee goblin loonie.
Yer context and yer consistency, those, these're your Ammon Stone, your key and guide that you can never lose sight of, for should you do, it'll all fall apart.
Now I am, when I can be convinced to wear them, what I believe many call a "pantser" when it comes to writing down. I go with mah gut and mah instincts but, inside o' mah heid there is always the dreaded Context (about time it got that captial 'C' its and evil bassad thing to inflict upon a one), the gatekeeper I made up mahself to police mah own self.
In simple language, I know the shape it has to be and, wi' me brother goblins, we make sure everything fits it as is right even if we are following no written plan, as it were. That way, I'm as often surprised as our fans and readers will surely be because, if I know what's going to happen and I'm surprised, how's going to be for them as don't know yet?