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17 May 2006 @ 06:56 pm
I'm swamped with work so badly, I'm too tired to do anything when I get home in the evenings.

Still, I've bought a heap of writing books and I am gradually working my way through them. There's plenty of good advice, and yet one thing keeps bothering me: the no description rule. Basically, everyone agrees that one should keep descriptions of settings to a sparse (if vivid) minimum, and descriptions of characters are an utter no-no unless a character's looks have a direct bearing on their behaviour, the way they are viewed by others, or even the plot.

I have a problem with that. I do understand that page-long descriptions of the heroine's lustruous hair are not likely to endear her to readers, and that the precise shape of her mouth and eyes and chin and yes, breasts, is of no particular interest to anyone. Same goes for the looks of the hero, his family and his dog. And yet... I want to describe them.

In small doses, yes. Not woodenly, if I can avoid it. Not clumsily.

But I want to do it, and I want to do it well. I am an intensely visual person, and I find myself needing to paint with words as much as I want to construct a complex plot and depict believable interactions. I do not want to bore the reader with pages upon pages of description, but--to quote Chekov--I want to show the glint of light on broken glass instead of just mentioning that someone shoved their fist through a window.

That's my problem in a nutshell. Plot is all well and good, but I want to have my smells, textures, colors and shapes too, and I want them to be specific. Is that truly such a storytelling crime?

I am not at all sure.
 
 
feeling: contemplativecontemplative
 
 
29 March 2006 @ 11:07 pm
Just so I don't forget -- I'm thinking of writing a paranormal regency for NaNoWriMo this year. Regency is not the most challenging of genres, so I actually stand a chance of finishing a crappy one in a month. I've already decided that there will be fairies and drugged poets and enough opium to float a boat.

Pirates are optional. Scurvy fairy pirates? Why not.

Yeah. I've got a plan, and it's a scary one. And I have over half a year to forget all about it!

Go me.
 
 
feeling: crazycrazy
 
 
29 March 2006 @ 10:29 pm
Been working some more on TRG today. I really should stop starting new scenes and finish the ones I have, but for some reason I can't help it.

14,720 / 150,000
(9.8%)


*ETA Wrote some more stuff for the prologue. It's really slow going and I keep feeling that every other sentence is complete crap, but I'm soldiering on.
 
 
Wrote five pages today in half the time it took me to write three yesterday. Already the story is turning out to be a strange mix of darkness and humour, but I feel like it's out of my hands at the moment. Today it pretty much wrote itself and there's still more swirling about in my head: moods, fragments of dialogue, small glimpses into the characters' minds.

Writing fanfic is so much easier. It requires little exposition if any, and all the tedious explanations regarding the setting and the characters' places in it are usually unnecessary. There's no need to describe anyone's appearance until it's actually convenient to do so, and even then there's no need to squeeze all of the description into one rushed paragraph.

I still harbor hope that things will become easier with practice. Some people can easily produce thousands of words of narrative in a single day, so it's obviously possible. Of course it's not necessarily quality narrative, but still. That's what rewriting is for.

Anyway, if this post had a point, I'm sure I've lost it along the way.
 
 
distracted by: Joss Stone - Fell In Love With A Boy
 
 
15 March 2006 @ 10:34 am
I actually started writing The Book the day before yesterday. The working title is The Reluctant Governess (*shudder*), and I will definitely think of a better one soon soonish.

Usually I have no problems with beginnings, but this was the hardest I've ever written. I am now at six pages, which really doesn't amount to much and is probably complete crap anyway. But at least it's there on the page instead of swimming in the murky waters of my brain.

I hope I'll be up to 20 or 30k words when my vacation is over.
 
 
 
27 January 2006 @ 10:21 am
This is an online archive of ideas and resources for my original writing, as well as the occasional snippet. Most of the entries are only visible for me, and later on for my beta(s) should I have any. Considering that I'm a lazy and inconstant writer, probably not.

Material posted here will likely concentrate on either Nightfall or Age of Magic. I'd like to finish both this year (and find better titles, dammit!) but I can only write one of them at a time. I have a complete plot written out for AoM but it's taking me away from the direction I originally wanted to go (which is communism+magic=insanity^2), and it's too dark and thrillery.

The plot for Nightfall (formerly Black Label) is undergoing major revisions right now. That's as it should be, considering one of the major climaxes is based on an unfortunate mixture of darkness and puerile humour.

I guess I have time until March 10th to decide. That is when my three-week holiday is going to start, the one I plan to use in its entirety for writing.

This is one of the few public entries I'm going to make here. I might post thoughts on the process of writing now and again, but there are better essay writers out there, so I'll leave the coherent philosophical musings to them. My own meandering ramblings will probably consist of unfocused personal opinions in awkward English.
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feeling: lonelylonely
distracted by: Alanis Morissette - Uninvited