dreamer_easy: (*writing hard yakka)
Back to working on the novel. Looking good until chapters four and five, which are a messy patchwork of bits from different drafts which don't fit together - people do things for reasons that no longer exist, that sort of thing. What a mess. I've already rewritten a chunk of exposition; I'm going to have to do the same with the actual action, writing out an outline, making it make sense and then rewriting from scratch. Gee it would have been nice if I'd done that IN THE FIRST PLACE. Oy
dreamer_easy: (writing 2)
Absorbing the knowledge and wisdom of many writers and editors here at Conflux. Equal parts intimidating and inspiring.

The advice I've given to many newcomers to writing - not to worry too much about any individual story, because as a writer you'll write hundreds in your life - has come home to bite me on the bum. I've been 110% invested in my novel for a long time; now that the dust is settling on the first draft, I'm gaining the perspective that it's not the be-all and end-all of my writing career or my life either.
dreamer_easy: (writing 2)
Of course, then come rewrites. And then more rewrites.
dreamer_easy: (*writing 7)
Three days in a hotel room with nothing but the novel and iTunes for company. (iTunes library now suspiciously well-organised.) Part Three is complete; Part Four is well underway (which means I can now see lots of rewrites which will have to be on Part Three, argh). Well on track for finishing the book, including major re-working of certain bits, by the end of the year.

To commemorate my not being dead after three days in that gods-awful hotel chair, a few writing-related links:

On parasocial relationships with fictional characters. Similarly, Cory Doctorow writes that Stories Are a Fuggly Hack for making us empathise with non-existent people, before going on to those annoying artists who can get straight to the emotions without the suffering and punishment of generating narrative. (More Doctorow advice: Cheap Writing Tricks. Note the reappearance (so to speak) of his breakfast yoghurt.)

What makes bad writing bad? Oh, gods.

*whew*

Aug. 29th, 2016 04:21 pm
dreamer_easy: (*writing 8)
Plot disaster averted by the simple act of swapping chapters 16 and 17.
dreamer_easy: (snow kate)
This morning I finished Chapter Eleven, and with it, Part Two of Strange Flesh. I think this is the hardest thing I have ever written. Or rather, rewritten, from a horribly half-thought-out and half-written draft. The relief is immense and physical. To paraphrase Indiana Jones, now I'm gonna sleep for a week.
dreamer_easy: (*writing 7)
Chapter Ten done. Thought Chapter Eleven was basically finished. It isn't. Same old same old. What a rubbish mess of a draft I left for myself in 2013.
dreamer_easy: (writing 2)
... uh-oh, Chapter Ten looks like it's a mess.
dreamer_easy: (*writing)
Every time I think this novel has made me work harder than I have ever worked on a piece of writing, it makes me work harder still. But somehow, despite all the crap my meds have thrown at me over the last couple of months - the sedation, the depression, the withdrawal - I have managed to defeat Chapter bloody Seven of Strange Flesh. *stands on its corpse, brandishing its entrails*
dreamer_easy: (*writing hard yakka)
Oh no, not ANOTHER draft chapter in which people stand around delivering exposition and agreeing with each other! Repeat after me: every scene must contain conflict, demonstrate character, advance the plot.
dreamer_easy: (*writing hard yakka)
Rewriting the midden that was Chapters Seven and Eight has been some of the hardest work of my writing career. :P
dreamer_easy: (*writing hard yakka)
1. Don't be a science fiction writer. Or if you must be one, don't make up planets with seventy-nine hour days and two moons. The effort required just to tell what time of day it is is exhausting.

2. I wonder if Joe from Gatchaman has such a terrible temper, in constant contrast to Ken's self-control, because he's half-gaijin.
dreamer_easy: (writing 2)
First draft of Chapter 4 of Strange Flesh. And just in time; Jon's getting hungry (me too!).

Rewrites

Dec. 20th, 2015 05:16 pm
dreamer_easy: (writing 2)
Rewriting the previous draft of Strange Flesh is a matter of taking the useable bits, generating some new bits, and gluing them all together in a way that makes sense. This time. I hope. I'm just finishing off Draft Zero of Chapter Three, including the deadly Chicken Soup Scene which gave me so much trouble.
dreamer_easy: (*writing 7)
My immediate goal is a full first draft of chapters one through six - the first chunk of the novel. As you may recall from my eccentric numbering system, a chapter is at Draft Zero when only small bits are missing (such as individual lines or paragraphs), and Draft One when no bits are missing. Chapters one, two, and six are Draft Zeroes (Drafts Zero?); chapter three has a few scenes needing overhauls; chapters four and five are a bit of a dog's breakfast tbh.
dreamer_easy: (*hooray!)
I dance on your papery grave, you bastard.

ETA: I have just discovered that in chapter one I introduced a minor character as "the Garners' one-legged daughter" only to have the novel's narrator tell her a few lines later: "Now run!"
dreamer_easy: (*writing 7)
Since I last blogged about the novel I've put aside the experimental rewrite of chapter one, and written 1,500 words - all of it exposition. Next to get back to rewriting chapters one through four.

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