Zachary J. Vacek is a fantasy and science fiction author from Houston, Texas.
I originally found the pace of the opening chapter of Fellowship of the Ring to be quite slow and annoying. On second read, though, I was quite struck by the way Tolkien uses this chapter to frame the whole of the story.
Not that anyone’s asking, but here’s something I’ve learned the hard way.
2020 has been traumatic for so many reasons. We first started hearing glimmers of news from across the ocean in late January. As far as I knew, it was something happening across the ocean and probably wouldn’t effect my life in any way.
I spent roughly two months planning my novel; distilling the plot down into a single sentence, expanding that sentence into a paragraph-long three act overview, further expansion into a four page detailed synopsis, and finally outlining the conflict of each individual scene from start to finish. And then it came time to actually start writing the first draft
In this modern life that we live in, a lot of things get said, and very little of it is worth the time it took say it. I want to say something that takes a really long time to say, because I really believe that the things most worth saying are the things that are worth taking a long time to say.