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5 December 2019 I Should Be Writing

Today has been a struggle.  A struggle at work, where I work for 9 hours.  And a struggle to stay away when I got home from my walk.  It’s like I drink endless amounts of coffee and still feel like drifting off to sleep.  I told myself that I was going to change and get stuff done tonight.  But when I got home, I wanted to do nothing.  So, I’m writing this blog.  I should set a timer for when I’m viewing social media. I need to start working on a ghost story.  Then after I finish the rough draft of that, start working on editing and rewriting the novella I started this fall.   I want to write a few stories of Milo DeFord aka the Marquis de Avery.  Where he has an argument with his younger friend Glum.  Where he returns six months his time and six years hers back to our earth.  And she is so happy to see him, but he has been to several different worlds and he is too focused on saving the world to note her concern for him. I want to write a story about a hawk nosed girl who is actually…
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The Process 30 November 2019

Tonight I watched Thor.  I’ve been meaning to watch it for ideas for the fight scene in my novella.  A project that changed quite a bit. The premise of the story was about a guy who freaks out about an underaged witch, so he casts a spell to be forgotten.  The most original scene of the whole project was the ‘it’s your fault’ scene.  A game that I would play with my cousin’s daughter.  It’s your fault that the milk has gone sour.  A game where we would make up stories about why something was the other person’s fault.  It’s your fault that you body-slammed your best friend into the curtain and now the curtain rail is all bent.  I never really learned why the curtain rail was actually bent because I liked the body-slamming the best friend story. But the story changed.  I went from they are fighting an incubus to the wood witch idea.  The whole original idea just didn’t have much conflict besides an age difference and a really posh guy worried what other people will think about him and …

More of the Process

This current project will need beta readers.  Beta readers speed up the project.  If you get enough people read it and tell what they really think, then you can use their feedback to help in the next editing process.   Writers groups are good for that as well.  I think that reading short stories at the writer’s group is far more efficient to hone the craft of writing.  If you are looking for feedback on a novel, it would take a long time to finish the project if you are only reading five pages at a time, which is what most writer’s groups do. Most beta readers will read the story in one go and give you feedback afterwards.  I’m not saying either beta readers or writer’s groups are better, one needs to determine what is best for them.  For me, I think beta readers are the way to go for novels and writer’s groups are best for short stories and honing the craft of writing. Short stories are quick and to the point.  Novels take time to build up characters and set up the conflict of the s…

The Process 29 November 2019

I’m sitting in a Starbucks, waiting for a tire to be replaced.  I have had a string of unlucky events.  Well, not so unlucky.  I try to skate by and so I go to Walmart to replace tires and when one goes out, well, that was to be expected.  Next year, I’ll work on having an existence where I’m not trying to just get by.  So what does that have to do with the project?   Well, the frame of mind I have now will be the guiding force in the editing process of the project.  As I go through the story, I will look for places to make other characters hate my protagonist.  So that when he does his thing, it becomes more tragic?  I’m not sure tragic is the word.  Even though I didn’t actually finish the rough draft, it’s really done enough.  The last few scenes can easily be written as I know what needs to be written and it’s just a few pages anyways.  Enough time has past as I can really start the editing process, a month has actually passed since I stopped writing the project.  I have given up…

Update on Projects 27 November 2019

In all reality, I'm just grasping at straws this moment.  I knew I should have completed the rough draft before I went to London and I didn't.  I tried writing in the airport and didn't get much done and realized that the ending would need more than just one scene.  I had been up in the air as to whether there would be a sequel to this novel and had been against it until like a month ago, or something like that.  It's tough to say where this project is going next, it's been over a fortnight since I last wrote on the story.  So I may blog on here my progress and what is happening next.  Until next time.