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Past the half-way mark – one day ahead

I didn’t think it would happen. That I actually managed to get past 25000 words. And relatively easy too. What I have now are two stories that will at one point converge and merge into one. I think that is probably why it’s been ‘easy’ – by writing two stories ‘simultaneously’ I am ‘getting over’ the ‘rough spots’ without straining myself or the story as a whole. It feels a bit like I am driving two cars on semi-parallel roads towards a junction or riding two boats on side-rivers that will flow into a larger river at a point up ahead. It is a very fascinating journey.

So how did my researching experiment go? I haven’t decided yet. I can do that in December. Now I just need to get 50000 words in the bank by November 3oth.

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The Ghost Editor and His Clan…

So far switching between the Main Story and Side Stories  is working out very nicely  and I have managed to put together over 1800 words in the last 24 hours! Though I have to admit that the Ghost Editor and all his Relatives are doing their best to spoil the fun for me  – one trick they came up with was particularly unpleasant – they kept accosting me with worries and nudges about STYLE, telling me in green underlining that MY English, according to them, is not worth a damn. Which is especially aggravating since the Stylist and I do not have the same ideas about what works and what does not. His suggestions are sometimes INSANE and only proves that HE does not know how to write plain English! For some reason the morons keeps insisting that ‘myself’ should be replaced with ‘me’ AT ALL TIMES, even when it’s perfectly proper to use ‘myself, as in ‘I gave myself a pat on the back…’

I found the solution to that – TURN OFF the damn language checking feature in Word 2010!!! By all means leave the spellcheck in place, but TURN OFF the Grammar and Style check – I’ll use that once there are 50000 words in the bank.

And then there’s the second cousin removed twice, who comes up with IDEAS as if they were confetti at a birthday party. There I am, plodding along in one of my neat Side Stories about Monsters in a Cave, when Mr. Bright Idea opens his yap and YELLS “An order of Cloistered MONKS!!! You need an Order of Cloistered Monks, for Heaven’s Sake!” OK, Mr. Smarty-pants…I hear you, but exactly where do you suggest I ‘insert’ an Order of Cloistered Monks? I mean, it’s not like they are in the habit of inhabiting caves full of oversized gargoyles. “Oh, I don’t know, I just had the idea”, he shrugs and traipses off telling me “You’ll think of something…” as he crawls back down the slimy crevice in my head where he lives…

You get the picture – in the middle of a cave full of oversized gargoyles I become possessed by the THOUGHTS of Cloistered Monks…

Now that I don’t have a solution to – YET.

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Side Stories…

So I have no idea what’s beyond the initial ‘story’ – that 3-5 pages long short story I can easily tell in 45 minutes. That’s another problem I have when it comes to writing – I never think about The Plot or The Characters beyond the story. To me a story is like Instant Coffee. It is as if I get bored with both my ‘plot’ and my ‘characters’ once they have served their purpose, which is to tell that initial 3-5 pages long story.

That won’t get to be a Novel – that will get to be 200 pages of instant plots and characters.

The question is what can be done about it? How can I 1. write 3-5 pages in one sitting 2. not get bored with neither the plot nor the characters and 3. get beyond my ‘natural’ limitations, that don’t seem that natural, just created out of the limitations of the Swedish school system?

By writing ‘side stories’ that are answers to questions raised by those instant episodes I am so good at concocting.

One of my Characters did something unexpected late last night (as I don’t PLAN the actions of my characters I had no idea that he would do that…Skrattar) and… well he is sort of MIA in the main story now – and at the same time I am at an impasse – regular bored with the whole thing…so what to do?

Remember what I wrote about having lots of ‘episodes’ in my head? By letting those episode notes jump up at me with questions, I can ‘lead myself along’ into those episodes, which will both get part of the story written, and give me something other to think/write about than the main story, which is at a standstill…

From My Book Notes:

Book Notes 1 – The WOLIE

EPISODE: The Wolie runs away.

(Do we know why he runs away?

Will he come back? Be found?)

What happens to him during the time he is on his own?

That last question became a Side Story, which is coming along nicely.

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