21/09/2009

Sep. 21st, 2009 09:17 pm
I surgically stitched back scenes I had thought were not right for the story. A bit of snipping here, and a bit of weaving there.

I think I can return to my hiatus.

It feels just right to stop where I have done. I need to think some more about what happens next, and how.
Because I cannot resist turning every WIP into an experiment with goal: Make M a Better Writer.

Why? Why not? 

With -- and goodness knows I hate this title but I haven't come up with a better one yet -- The Pathmaker, I'm going to make it stick to what happens in my head.

I'm not going to let the writing take it where it will. That is, I'm not going to let voice/style/ability dictate what happens in my stories.

If it wanders off-track, I'll drag it back to what I've already visualized in my head, by hook or by crook. People always say that if it wanders off-track, that's okay.

But since I haven't finished something yet, I've decided that it's within the acceptable bounds of probability to say that it doesn't work for me. And that's all that matters: me.

Now I just have to figure out whether I want to keep the whole scenes that I'm going to cut.

*mutters* I really really don't want to have to cut this scene!

17/09/2009

Sep. 17th, 2009 11:49 pm
I have maybe another scene to go.

I'm writing all this in third person. Seems to work -- I didn't want to write from the POV of a 6yo kiddle in 1st. Maybe I'll be able to continue in 3rd whenever I continue again.

Haven't yet figured out the mechanics of the next scene. Especially Where.

One of the things I'd really like to do before Nov 1st (especially since it looks like I will get a decent real hiatus at the moment) is come up with a checklist of things I Should Know before I start a scene.

Who What When Where Why is a good start. How, I figure, is redundant. If I know don't know How, then I don't have a plot.

Knowing the Conflict would be ideal, because then I can extrapolate the Outcome.

16/09/2009

Sep. 16th, 2009 11:54 pm
Today is exactly one month after my writing hiatus started.

Today, I confess that I've smashed it to pieces.

I have nearly 2k on The Pathmaker, which will retain its stoopid name until I come up with something better.

I'd ideally like to finish up this section before I leave, and then I'd still have a month's break. So right now would be my break from my break from writing.

14/09/2009

Sep. 14th, 2009 11:06 pm
Contemplating the huge question of: 1st POV vs 3rd POV.

I've come to realise that it's not the POV that I struggle with, it's the tense.

I don't want to write The Pathmaker (which needs a goddamn better name) in first. Not sure my protag's up for it -- or rather, she's up for it, but I don't think she is.

Moreover, I started out thinking that The Pathmaker was somebody else's story...

Hopefully I can spend the next month and a half pondering these questions.

I may delete everything I've written thus far in the journal. Why not? I'll probably write it again sometime in the next month anyway. I'll just keep the sentences I like and see how it goes or something like that.

13/09/2009

Sep. 13th, 2009 10:38 pm
I think I'm done.

I have 35 entries. It's not a nice number, as far as I am concerned, but it will do.

Not sure if I'm going to let more people see it. Nadia and Joely have seen about a third, maybe less in terms of word count. As I moved towards the end, it gradually got easier to be a bit more...I was going to say voluble, but that's not quite right. It got easier to say more though.

I think this means I'm going back to my writing hiatus.

And that means that tomorrow, Nadia, I'm all yours, with red pen in hand!

09/09/2009

Sep. 9th, 2009 11:29 pm
Haven't written today.

Back to hiatus, thank god.

Now, to convince myself that I don't need 52 entries by the 24th of September.
 

08/09/2009

Sep. 8th, 2009 11:54 pm
I feel terribly guilty about falling of the bandwagon. But what to do?

I am reconstructing The Pathmaker in my head. That is, the structure of the book I will eventually write. There is a lot that I have dreamed that will not be in the book.

I am determined that it will be a single title, you see.

Also, I wrote a little post about the pricing of ebooks here. I'm not sure I miss the non-writing journaling blogging.
The words have come so easy, I have been unwilling to stop.

I have decided to take the non-person's word for it: since said non-person is the one journaling, I am not the one doing the writing, and therefore I am still on hiatus.

It's occurred to me that this could work as a unique way to plot.

I may have to change the tag for non-person.

07/09/2009

Sep. 7th, 2009 06:27 pm
This is what a certain someone would have said to me if she was a person:

I know you’re on a writing hiatus, and that’s cool. But I want to start a blog. And I’ve decided that since I’m starting the blog, and I’m writing the blog, you will still be on hiatus and it works out perfectly well for everybody.

The damn thing is that it would be all too easy. 

I have a thing. I don't consider ideas to be nearly as precious as turns of the phrase or actual writing. That's probably why I've survived more than 3 weeks of my hiatus and failed today.

Well, as much a failure as 79 words can be -- that's 2 posts.

I haven't decided. I do have a Blogger thing all ready to go for it -- not sure why but WP doesn't feel like the right fit -- and I cannot be bothered with another DW or LJ acccount either.

I'm not quite sure why I feel the need to put this one out into the world either.

Feel free to offer me your opinions.

05/09/2009

Sep. 5th, 2009 08:52 pm
This is Day 21.

I didn't think I would make it this far, especially since I've been on vacation, actually on vacation, since Tuesday.

Being in pain doesn't help quite THAT much, especially when it's less pain and more just general discomfort. Unless somebody decides to punch me in the jaw in the next few days, in which case I'll probably be in tears. Strong, womanly tears, but still tears.

I'm glad I'm holding on though. My...WIP? Can you call something a WIP if you've only started it in your head? I'm sure I'll find people whose answer would be yes, only I am not one of them.

I can't really call it a book or a story either, since it is not yet completed.

(Yes, I am determined to make life difficult for myself.)

So we shall compromise and call it an idea, one with a title: The Pathmaker. 

The Pathmaker is morphing into something slightly different than what I started out with. I think I have saved myself a lot of time, work and heartache by working it out in my head first. It went through a medieval incarnation, to an ancient China setting to the current futuristic one.

The final book will have two different time periods, one past and one 'current.' It could almost be a practice work for my magnum opus (yes, I have one, and I'm arrogant enough to call it that), except it doesn't feel like one.