22 May 2005

CONFLICT

Conflict has been on my mind a lot lately. Specifically--not having enough. My MC has a good life, and I am trying to figure out how to make it all fall apart. I have tons of stuff planned to happen along the way...but not that potentially life-changing inciting incident. (Can you tell I've been reading about writing?) I know I wrote about this before, but still no resolution. Maybe I'm just trying too hard. I've also been writing down some ideas on the changes that need to be made on Eden's Promise. That manuscript needs a bit of work, but it is definitely salvageable.

In all the reading about writing I've done, one thing is clear. The first (or second, or third) manuscript I complete is typically a "throw-away". And having that mindset, I keep holding back...not wanting to "waste" good plot ideas and characters on something that may likely never get published. That is precisely my problem with EP, and why I keep procrastinating on finishing it.

11 May 2005

what i did on summer vacation

Well, it wasn't summer vacation, but it was certainly a blogging hiatus. A reader left a comment wondering if I'd been writing during my time away from here. Yes and no. The truth--I wrote, albeit sporadically, and pretty much moved writing way down on the priority list. Now, I'm back to blogging, and for whatever reason,it seems to be writing. Perhaps these entries are my writing "warm-up". Whatever it is, it seems that in my case, blogging helps my writing instead of taking away from my writing.

first steps

Getting acquainted with my characters. I'm having difficulty with finding the right opening conflict. I'm thinking maybe I just need to get on with the outline, and work it out later. I got down some good words on my MC's husband/protagonist. He is taking on an adversarial role on this stage. I don't see him changing his ways, because he doesn't ever think anything is wrong with him--it's the world around him. And he just doesn't understand why Erika (MC) is making things so difficult.

Well, in other news, it looks like I'm going to be in New York in June. I feel good and bad about it. But in any case, I plan to make the best of it.

02 May 2005

random musings

Astrology for writers, editors, filmmakers

Libra: Commit. Say yes. Sign the contract. Cash the check. Stop thinking out loud about why you shouldn't do the above..we are all bored with your shortcomings in the decisionmaking dept.
Could it be they're talking to me? I would have to say so. I make tougher on myself than it needs to be. And for what, so I can whine about it later? ARRRGGGGHHHHH

Enough.

Just keep writing, writing, writing. Just keep writing, writing, writing.....

01 May 2005

to-do

I need to get an outline down for Untitled #2. I hate that I don't have a title, but nothing has come to mind yet. I was thinking Happily Ever After, but that is pretty unoriginal. Anyway, Eden's Promise was written without an outline, and while the premise is decent, it goes in 99 directions at once and loses focus of my original vision. I finally realize that writing sans outline, at least a sketchy outline, does not work for me. My MC is pretty well fleshed out. I've gotten far into her backstory. The other major players are not as fully drawn yet, but I'm getting there. My weak areas are: conflict (being too easy on my characters), and organization--which is an issue throughout my life, not just in my writing.

I have an idea of how I want the book to end, but am not sure how to get there. If I can get past my major stumbling block, I'll be good. Major conflict. I've got lots of minor conflicts in mind, but nothing major enough to set things in motion. I had an idea of making a list of everything that can go wrong for my MC when the book opens. Let's see how that works out.

Flickr

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

WIPs

  1. Eden's Promise
  2. Untitled urban fantasy
  3. Untitled chick lit

Eden's Promise is on hiatus. Not quite done, but lack of an outline has me stumped as to where to go next.
#2 (UUF) & #3 (UCL) are in development, and currently the loudest voices inside my head.

My goal for May is to get back on track with my writing. My discipline has been lacking, and truth be told, I'm not getting anywhere. I've identified the reasons behind this, and I'm working them out. Now it's up to me to get the words down.

stats

blogger says i've written 31,645 words. hard to believe it has been that much. i've been away from this blog for 2 years. time to resurrect, and give new focus.

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