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Thank you, Helena…

DoorWaterPen175x175…for being insane :D

We writers start with that mess and then throw on our novels and stories and plots and characters and themes and so much other fictional flotsam and jetsam that our poor gray matter is ready to blow a neuronal fuse. (from Becoming Layla)

Since I am not anywhere near publishing anything I have written, I appreciate the blogs and articles written by those who have been published or are about to publish for the first time, when they share the PROCESS, and not just dole out ‘writer’s tricks’ or ‘advice on grammar and style’.

I am not crazy.

I am not stupid.

I am not inconsiderate.

I am not a scatter-brain.

I am a writer.

So thank you, Helena for sharing your ‘insanity’ with me :D

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More things I do…

FourSpecies175x175…to get out of having to deal with my fictionary monsters…

  1. fixed my blog – it now looks like it should, and I decided to give it a seasonal theme – winter.
  2. sleep.
  3. read the books of others – the current story of temptation is the Black Magician’s Trilogy by Trudi Canavan.

Now, I am pretty confident that I will be done with my novel in time for NaNoEdMo.

Plus, I have not been totally slacking off – I do write down ideas…

I just wish I knew how to get that Shadow Wyrm onto paper…

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The things I…

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…to get out of dealing with my literary monsters

  1. make a number of 350×350 stock photo pspimage templates – so I can make icons for my blog.
  2. compose and make 7 artworks size 350x350px – so I can make smaller icons for my blog.
  3. resize those 7 350x350px images so they are all 175x75px.
  4. resize all images I have used in my Literary Lint blog so far, so they are ALL 175x175px (symmetry is good, and it will look messy if my post-icons are different sizes…)
  5. re-organize my image folders on my computer, so that each size has its own folder, and each image file type is sorted nicely.
  6. plan my blogging, so that I can write entries in advance and have my blog ‘self-publish’ those entries (one a day).
  7. write this blog entry.

That is only thus far today.

Mind you, I am full of the intention to deal with that crappy monster, I ‘just have to do this… first.

I am sure that by day’s end I will have done all sorts of things that have nothing to do with my novel or my monsters.

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Elusive Monsters–caught by “show don’t tell”…

 

I hit a snagShadow Wyrm2. I am in the middle of a scene that takes place in one of the ‘places of horrors’.  My characters are supposed to get to a specific place, to pick up a missing comra de – they have already encountered two kinds of monsters. And now they are caught between one of these (a small critter) and another is coming at them… I know its name, I know what it looks like, and in what way it is horrifyingly dangerous. But I cannot for the life of me get my mind around describing it into the story.

Why?

Because Mr. Show-Don’t-Tell (who obviously has a website…) kidnapped my brain and convinced me that simply telling a fictive reader that this monster is coming is not enough. I have to write in a manner that will make a fictive reader be just as scared out of their breeches as my characters are…

I just don’t know how to do that.

I have never met a Shadow Wyrm…so I cannot use my own experience as base-material.

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I got trolls…

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These two have their mugshots displayed with Miske Dashow

Big FuGGlY TrOlls – camping out in my apartment.

Remember these guys? Or this post? Well, they are all back and they brought their big brothers… Mr. Grammar and Mr. Style.. They woke me up at 2 AM this morning. Yelling. Howling. Snarling. Growling.

“Passive  Voice – Consider Revising!” ~ [Not expecting anything out of the ordinary, we were woken in the middle of the night by the most horrifying howling.]

“Reflexive Pronoun Use – Consider Revising!” ~  [The Bear stopped, pulled out his tinderbox and lit two torches, gave one to me, kept the other for himself, and then motioned for Cloudy Sun to place himself between us. ]

“Fragment – Consider Revising!” ~ [Wood Dwellers? I asked, “Who are they?” He turned to me again, this time he smiled wryly.]

So, I am bad writer, because I use passive voice, and fragments, and adverbs and split infinitives and all kinds of things that are bad when writing. If I ever try to get anything I write published I will be shot for even thinking I could dare approach an editor with my grammatically distorted version of English.

I hate them trolls. Mostly because I believe them.

So if you’ll excuse me – I’ll just go and die with shame.

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7+k and 6 days left…

Book and gblassesOy, I think I might actually make it.

With 42+k words written so far, and about half the story told, I doubt my novel will be finished for real by November 3oth, but at least I will have reached my 50+k by November 3oth. A nice Chanukah gift to myself. What do I think has been the hardest? The transitions. You know the parts when a particular scene has just played out that led to whatever comes next and the characters either EAT, SLEEP or THINK. I find the THINKING parts really difficult. I know how to convey emotions in an action filled scene, but how do characters relate to their own inner realities, thoughts and feelings, and how do I the author convey that to a reader. I am good at ‘episodes’ – I am less good at tying the ‘episodes’ together. (See this post).

Well no matter, I will get my 50k words in the bank and the story will make sense up to that point – what happens to it after that is anybody’s guess:)

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Book Notes, Book Notes and more Book Notes

Forest Road 1I am deep in bat dung – up to my neck in dreck, my friends…

 

Haven’t written much today, cause I keep running into snags, that Side Stories cannot take care of. Because it’s the Side Stories that produce the dreck, manure, bat dung (you get the picture…)

 

My sense of logic and of style demands that I at various points STOP moving my characters from point A to point B along a vague route, describing their feelings, impressions and structure in the landscape the move through, and actually have them interact with actual features in the landscape, BY NAME, and not GENERIC labels like ‘road’, ‘cave’, or ‘the next landmark’ etc.

 

It’s good and fine as long as the ‘environment’ is generic – a forest is a forest and a mountain is a mountain – but when it turns out that my characters have parents, siblings, uncles and aunts, and that they do not live isolated from other sentient beings, but have homes and are part of a societal structure… then I start to ‘need’ specificity on a few items… so today I have spent my writing time swearing over the following ‘Book Notes’:

 

Questions about the [species name]

 

·         Why don’t I have names for the various  [species name] ‘villages’?

 

Because I haven’t looked at the following questions:

 

·         What kind of Society do I imagine the [species name]  Society to be?

·         Do I need to research

Social structure?

·         Matriarchy or Patriarchy?

·         Feudal or Democratic?

Leaders?

·         Elected, Chosen or Hereditary?

Religion?

·         Monotheism, Pantheism, Animism or Polytheism?

Infrastructure?

·         Do I have to ‘invent’ vehicles and road making methods?

Geography?

·         Do I need to make a map?

 

·         What exactly do I know about the [species name]?

What do they look like?

Are they like

Dwarves? 

Trolls?

Humans?

 

·         If the [another species]are Simian in appearance, doesn’t it logically follow that the [species name] are too, if they have interbred in the past?

·         If so, what kind of Simian?

 

How do I picture the various species?

 

·         Does [Character Name] have friends in the ‘next’ village?

·         Which is the ‘next village’?

·         What  is a ‘village’?

 

You see my problem?

Do I really have to write a frigging essay to each of these questions? I mean who the frak am I – JRR Tolkien?? Still, he had a few good points, despite the fact that he couldn’t write worth a damn, except long litanies about trees and grass and WALKING and orchs…

One of the good points he had was that about knowing what kind of environment the characters were moving in, even if the reader never knew the nitty-gritty details.

I think that’s why my writing career has never taken flight – I HATE research.

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