The old question is - How do you eat an elephant? The answer is - one bite at a time. That is how I'm looking at my novel. It is a big elephant and I'm just staring at it. I've taken a few nibbles but not enough. Oh well, I'm a light snacker so I'm sure this elephant will get eaten eventually.
My writing a short story based on a chapter is moving along at a glacial pace. I've got it all down but mostly rambling and not complete. I'm having a bit of trouble trying to figure out how to end this short. We'll see how it goes.
The words don't want to come. I'm forcing myself to write at least a few sentances a day but that is hardly the way to write a novel. Still it is better than nothing and soon I'll find myself at the end of the page wondering how I got there. So I'll keep plodding away and someday I'll have this novel done.
One of my problems is that I'm so plot oriented that as soon as I have a plot figured out I lose interest in writing the story. For shorts I can power through but for the novel I'm attempting that isn't working. So I'm trying a tactic where I write each chapter as a short then meld them together later on. Wish me luck. One difficulty I'm finding with this is keeping a constant character presence throughout the narrative. If it works I'll let you know how it went.
I got nothing. It's cold but at least the sun is out but it is supposed to snow some more. Here are the links for the week.
I usually write shorts so trying a novel brings a up a few problems I havn'e had to deal with before. One of those is characters. Character here, characters there, it seems every scene has a new character. (Not really, if you're doing that I think you're doing it wrong.) But they do come into the story line and then dissapear for a while. I do have a hard time remembering who is who and what they did and even what their names are. Maybe I shouldn't have celebrated that last birthday.
A bit of a strange title but I've been having trouble getting back to writing after NaNo. Yes, I know it's a long toime ago but I just haven't had the energy or the dedication. So I'm going to try another tactic. I've been told I can be stubborn so I'm going to trey to use that personality trait to my advantage. We'll see how it goes.
What does that title mean? Well, I finally figured out that there are two parts to my epic space opera novel. There is what happens to the characters and then there is what is recorded in my novel. Maybe I just invented a new term for backstory but I'm thinking my term is a only as part of that. Back story include the history and lots of things that don't happen in the scope of the story. By action plan I mean the thngs that happen in the scope of the story but don't make it into the written novel.
New year means new energy, new ideas, new calander or does it mean writing 2013 on checks and crossing it out. In any case get to work. Write that short, crank out a few chapters of that novel, spit out a few outlines for future work and tomorrow... If only it were that easy. I'm still thinking how to continue my Nano novel. I need to finish the first draft. After that I'm not sure but there is enougo of the first draft to do that I'll have some time before I have to decide on step two.
I was perusing my media sources, you know, TV, newspapers, blogs, and I noticed that some had started to come out with their "Best of 2013" lists. It always annoyed me that these would be published before the end of the year. So I decided to declared December 31st as "Unsung Heros Day".
That's right, did you do something great at the end of the year but didn't make the best of because it was already published by the time you preformed your heroic act? Well this day's for you.