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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Now I'd better set it aside for a while and let the back of my mind mull it over while the front of my mind thinks about/works on other writing-related projects.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Ah. E-mail just in--more w-f-h up for grabs. Must take it. So, back to juggling like mad. Oh well, at least I got some good solid work done on my own stuff.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I'm not sure yet how this all works around to fit in the story arc, but I think whatever he recognizes in that second scene is one of the keys to the book. I think there's maybe one more violent scene where he has to deal with whatever he realized about himself in the torture scene--maybe at that point he sees he has a choice to make about the kind of person he is, and makes it? Dunno. I kind of have some ideas about who's in that last scene--it may be the next to last scene in the entire book--but am not sure yet.
Started a new scene, a violent one, but I will have two scenes that are similarly constructed, one earlier in the ms and one later, and I need to think which one shows what. What does each one do in the story, what is its job? They're both about the MC hurting someone. I can't get a bead on whether he's mad or cold about it in this first scene, whether it's deliberate or in anger--because right now the big difference between the two scenes is going to be in how the MC is when he comes home after he beats the h*ll out of a guy (well, in the second one he'll kill the guy, probably). In one of the scenes, he suppresses and ignores his distress about what he's done. But which one?
Was also thinking about former GN. How do you show that something's at stake, when nothing external is at stake? When everything would be perfectly fine if the MC continued on in the same manner for the rest of her life? That's the problem: what I want to say is that it's not fine--not with me, anyway. It's fine in the eyes of the world, though. Hmm.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
So far it really does look like having to think about other people's mss is actually keeping my creative wheels greased rather than getting in the way. That's unexpected, considering the number of mss. I knew it could be that way with two or three, but not for five plus my own.
I can't get the right name for one of the characters in my ms. I've been through four names so far. Just can't hit it right. Every time I get one, it interferes with another character's name--it sounds too close, too similar. Maybe I'm being too picky.
Friday, April 16, 2010
It has taken me years to be able to even answer the question "So, what's your book about?" for any of my novels. Now I can usually answer with a one-liner--but only because I figure nobody really cares what it's about anyway. It doesn't matter if the answer is accurate or not, or whether it gets across any of the things I think the book is really about. The stuff that interests me is usually not what interests anybody else.
So when I try to tell what this dystopian ms is about, I immediately get off into backstory and world-building, because to me the story doesn't make sense without it. But I guess what I need to do is think of it more as catalog or flap copy, because otherwise I'll go on for pages and all the conflicts that drive the story will be buried in piles of boring blah-blah-blah.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Yesterday I took 45 minutes that should have been spent on something else, and worked on the background info/synopsis/whatever-it-is for the dystopian ms. I really have no idea what this side info needs to look like or how far I need to dig into it. I don't think I'll go all that far.
I was trying to think where the story takes place. This won't make any difference to the reader, but I need to have pieces of it fixed in my head if I want to move on. At the moment I've vaguely got parts of Mission Concepcion in my head for the actual "house." I haven't been there in a long time, but the place has a strong feeling to it. It was abandoned for a while--even used as a stable, I think--and parts of it have fallen down, but most of it still stands. The walls are thick so in the smaller rooms sound is muffled and it's very quiet, and also cool, and the light has a still, filtered quality, like in some Dutch golden age domestic paintings.
stairwell at Mission Concepcion
This is an outside stairway, though, so it's not quite the same feeling. This is kind of the feeling:
window at Mission Concepcion
If you put those two together, plus
ruins at Mission Concepcion
The feeling of it might be just about about right.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
So I woke at four, got up and dressed, ate breakfast--and then realized I'd accidentally reset the time on my clock as I was setting the alarm. So I'd gotten up at 3:00 a.m, not 4.
No point in going back to bed, so I went to work. Still didn't finish by open of NY business day--but the first draft is done and turned in. I expect it back today for at least one rewrite.
Still have to rewrite other story and get that in, too. Plus packets have started. Also, I have Conspiracy of Kings in my grubby little paws now, but don't want to start it till I at least get these rewrites in.
Agent is still waiting for first chapter of dystopia ms. I've probably actually got it, but it needs to be fixed and molded into a real chapter with a chapter ending and everything. Plus, I need to write down the general idea of the story--which I also have, just not in a form anybody else could easily understand. I am very reluctant to do a synopsis or outline for this, because this time I'm trying a different method of meshing my writing process with a more plot-driven outlook. What I'd like to do is list the separate storylines (because I know what they are, just not how they'll fit together) and not try to smush them into a certain order. I don't know if that'll fly, though.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I hate it, I'm sick of it, and I'm not even going to look at it today or I might slit my wrists. I'm going to work on my own stuff. Then tomorrow I'll return to the lowest circle of story-writing hades, oh joy.
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