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Princes of Dol Amroth
February, 25 2006
Questions about the life and times of Imrahil and his family can be asked here, including questions about Ultimatums, Kin-Strife and the shorter stories. Discussions about Brand can go either here or in the Best-Loved Son thread, since his stories sort of overlap both cycles.
Rebecca wrote: I kind of get the sense that Isabeau isn't being coy with us, that she hasn't worked out an elaborate storyline well in advance that she's just feeding us slowly, piece by piece. Her stories feel like they evolve with the characters, that the characters are not necessarily on a pre-ordained trajectory where every chapter just connects the dots to an ending that was known from the start. Perhaps I'm wrong about the way Isabeau writes, but I like the sense that things are more open-ended.
I usually have an idea of the direction in which I want to go, but the longer stuff is by no means as scripted as the shorter stuff. Certain things are going to happen, but the scenes in between those key events just seem to come to me. Altariel is much more focused and better at outlining her work in advance than I am.
But sometimes even the big stuff slips away or gets changed, due to the machinations of evil characters. Elrohir was never supposed to sleep with Heth, and Imrahil was never supposed to propose to her at the time in which he did. Both gentlemen insisted on stomping all over my plot line.
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