Saturday, 19 March 2011

Writing About Writing Counts as Writing

A few weeks ago I found an old bit of writing I thought I had lost, a would-be novelization of my defunct webcomic Elven Lacryment. It was 47 pages or so. I picked it up again and began hammering away at it. It started at just over 10,500 words, it is now 19,000. I have no idea how long it's going to be.

Back when I had dreams of ShadowWolf's story being a novel, a family friend told me "If you write one page every day, you'll have a novel in a year." Elven Lacryment has been with me in one form or another since I was (Oh crap, basic math!) 15 or so.  Specifically ShadowWolf herself has been with me since I was 15, other characters that would eventually comprise the Elven Lacryment story came later. In 2005 I had the basic story woven together in my head. I think it's unfair for a story to stick with someone for so long and have nothing come of it.

But despite knowing almost every line of dialogue in every major scene of the story, I still know nothing about it on a statistical level. I have no idea how long it will be, how long I should aim for it to be, not even my current page count.

I'm writing Elven Lacryment in a way I've not written anything before. I'm writing it out of order.

With Project C I wrote the entire thing in order except for the section I really wanted to write. It was my first manuscript and I was worried if I got to the good, tender, meaty centre, that I'd lose interest and abandoned it. I made myself save the best for last.

With everything else I've written thus far, I've written it in order. I also had a self imposed daily word count of at least 1,000 words.

Not so with Elven Lacryment. I'm writing whatever scene I damn well feel like, and I'm only trying to do a page a day.

It's an interesting process. I just hope the final product is coherent.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

All I ever do on this blog are memes

Late World Book Day Meme...

The book I am reading: Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson. A novel about racism and lynchings in the south and the white lawyer who's trying to solve who's behind the return of the KKK to his hometown. I picked it up to kill time in the morning and somehow I got sucked in.

The book I am writing: I put  Next to Godliness on hold because I've hit a snag in the logistics of the plot. For months I would just look at the blinking cursor, wracking my brain about how to wrangle the characters. It was something I thought I'd just be able to bang out, years back when I started it. I didn't foresee how expansive it would become. So I've picked up the old novelization of Elven Lacryment and been working on that. Unfortunately I still see it progressing in little boxes as a comic book but it seems that comics from novels are all the rage right now so there's still hope.

The book I love most this year: I haven't finished a book this year yet.

The last book I received as a gift: The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Vampires the way vampires should be. It's refreshing.

The last book I gave as a gift: World War Z by Max Brook. Best zombie book ever.

The nearest book on my desk: Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson.

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