This is Friday

Not that peeps don’t know it’s Friday, but I feel like it’s a Friday.  Sometimes I’m up and about and it doesn’t feel like much of any day I’m familiar with.  Fridays typically have this mellower tone to the day where the people seem more relaxed. At least I know I am, and that’s good.

Lots of rewriting got done as I looked back on some chapters I wrote and commenced to putting notes/revisions on the paper. I felt I had more than enough time away from the material to objectively edit it, which may have been the problem in the first place. I was too caught up in the material to get it sorted the way it needed to be.

One thing I also noted is some passages needed to be elaborated upon. I needed much more description, and showing a bit more than telling. So there’s that in regards to revisions. It kept me busy. One early chapter needed some tweaking, it was short, but succinct, so I like what I did, but need to keep pressing on.

I knew I felt a little conflicted with what to keep and to omit from this novel.  It’s going to take me some time to get that worked out.

Also came up with something that made me laugh, and this scene needs to be written down ASAP, so off I go.  Out of head, onto paper.

Happy creative endeavors.

 

Thursday Progress

Last night I think I at least completed the first draft of this chapter for the novel. It is, more or less a crossing of the threshold for the hero. At least more than I realized when i originally wrote the outline. This changes some things for me., as I know what’s going to happen next, however, that changes slightly now that we’re in act two, but I think I can make the necessarily adjustments. I may need to go back and adjust the outline, just the same.

I know act one is a bit of a mess with this one guiding light. Things have really shifted, but I am sure I can clean this text up there as well. I had a few false starts, and I have some writing I’m loving that needs to be cleaned and organized.  I’m tempted to go back and make the changes necessary before pushing forward. I also have to open up a few chapters for some breaks from the main hero to some other characters, and introduce the MC’s allies.

What I’ve noticed with the current writing is I need to place more time on character interaction, reactions, and conflicts.  Otherwise nothing’s happening of true interest other than me indulging myself.

So I need to do some more writing. One word at a time. I also know a couple of scenes need to be revised because they are good but lack some oomph. I can do this. I know I can.

Now for math: if I have twenty-five chapters and they average ten pages minimum, I’ll have two-hundred fifty pages.  That’s a lotta writing.

Happy creative endeavors.

Chapter Progress

For the past few days I’ve been working on a chapter for my novel, and it’s taking good enough shape to be a true first draft of a chapter. This is the kind of  progress I’m pleased with, as when I first wrote this chapter, it was a raw set of ideas, and really didn’t give a reader enough details.  What I also found, as I kept writing, was that I missed certain elements of conflict necessary to push any action forward.

For example, this chapter introduced a minor antagonist, but that character had little to say or interaction with the main character (MC), and that to me didn’t really make that character an antagonist–minor or otherwise. I also felt I needed to have an option where the MC is able to opt out of the confrontation, and if he took this option where he’d be safe and return to his old life.  He had to make a choice, and suddenly moved from his old life to this new adventure.

For me, once the MC crosses a threshold from ordinary life to an extraordinary adventure, the story picks up, and now I’m in act two of of the novel. While I wrote some previous chapters, I am wondering does the novel really pick up here, and are some of the previous chapters superfluous? I don’t know, but I feel like I have a stronger set up at this point, and while I still need to complete this chapter, I’m nervous about some of what I wrote, and what needs to be cut from previous chapters.

If writing were perfect, I’d have all the answers, no? What I do have is a damn good start of a chapter that really defines a crucial part of the story.  That’s a great thing, and gives me some clarity. Like I always said, writing is rewriting.

Happy creative endeavors.

Monday’s Agenda

Well, the weekend started with neck pain, then expanded into a migraine that made me so nauseated, that I couldn’t swallow any pain relievers for fear it wouldn’t stay down. This if further complicated by I hate that feeling of being on the cusp of puking. I couldn’t lay down (miserable neck pain), and then I sat up and was a little less miserable.  I had to wait for the nauseous feeling to subside, and I relaxed until I was able to take the meds, then drink something.

The pain reliever took its time, but it finally worked, and I am not mad at the results. Very grateful for no migraine in my day. It really dominated the day.

It was time to cook, so I made stir-fry, and called it a day.  There were complaints, but I didn’t care.  Like it or not, food was on the table, and retreated to my room to chill, and played Paragon until it was time to go to bed.

That said, getting my mind off of writing has paid off. Woke up today with an idea that I can and will implement for the novel that adds a bit of flavor to the main character. I can’t wait to work on it, and I love being excited about writing.  Also I did some rewriting on Friday that I’m proud of. There’s still a long way to go, but novels need work.

Friday Goodness

For the past few days, I did take things one word at a time, and worked on the novel.  It was a revision of a scene, that I enjoyed. Went back and read the original scene, and I found I liked parts of it, and should hand edit those pages. I then began to incorporate parts of the revisions into it.  In hindsight, maybe I should have read the original first, however, the fact that I was writing  and inspired overrode my desire to be reflective.

There were some issues I noticed, that need resolving, and I’ve been thinking on those.  For example, the previous chapter has a ending I KNOW I don’t like. It’s too abstract and weak, I can do better. Second, I created a minor antagonist for the current chapter, and they weren’t fleshed out in the original. So I now have a scene where they look like a worthwhile character.

I also, on a spur wrote out some dialog for a yet to be written chapter.  It’s a sparse scene at the movement, with the barest of details, but I know it will take shape after a while.

A lot of this writing has to do with the fact that I was writing, giving myself writing exercises, and felt compelled to put either pen to paper, or type. This in part excuses me letting up on the assignments, as I replaced it with novel writing.  I’m extending my deadlines for the exercises to make room for more writing. So I guess the secret to this current success was I kept writing: The journal, the blog, the exercises, and life.

Happy creative endeavors.

Not On Point

I failed at last weeks writing exercise to read more, so I’m re-doing it. At the very least I was able to sit back yesterday and read some pages of the novel Ahsoka. I will keep doing this. I also read a little more from the novel, Vicious.  I need to keep reading.

This week’s assignment was to come up with ten “why’s” for story lines I’ve been working on, or plan to work on.  Some of it was for me to get into the character’s head, and figure out why they do what they do. This can lead me to finding their motives/desires, and fears better.  I did five of those yesterday. May have to double the amount to twenty to keep the exercise going longer, and to have a wider pool of info.

No story writing yesterday. I’m OK with that, so long as I keep up the personal writing exercises. Last Friday, I wrote a lot. A rewrite of a scene for the novel where I left off.  I liked where I went, and truly need to consolidate the material to make it into one solid scene.  I still think I have more to add to the rewrite.

Happy creative endeavors.