tayastorm: (meditation)
I had to abandon the novel in a week plan. I'm going back to the outline and reworking it to get more detail in. Going to try to make myself work on it for at least 30 mins a day, now and when I go back to work.

And I was going to use this as a chance to go "But here's some Elementals to distract you" except this scene is being stubborn. Hopefully I'll be able to put it up later.
tayastorm: (dog dreams)
Started early because... well because I can. I don't have to be up early tomorrow so I can stay up late tonight (although I should have been using the time to pack) and I was in a writing mood anyway. So I figured why not? There's no actual reason not to start now, and plenty of reasons for it. As long as I finish by next Friday I've done what I set out to do. I may be able to allow next Sunday for it, but I'd really rather not.

Anyway, the write starts with one scene down, roughly 600 words. I should have been able to do it quicker, given that I've already done at least three drafts of the scene, but it's late and this version is longer.
tayastorm: (writing)
The overall outline was completed Friday night, although I had to resort to two word summaries (ie, Get job, Find lead, Follow lead, Lead dies, etc. Simple, but effective as it turns out.) Proceeded to attempt a phase outline, but I decided it was taking too long, and if I'd gotten stuck on the details I would have simply run out of time. So I moved back a bit to a scene-level outline, and as of today I'm approximately halfway through the novel.

I really want to keep going since it's still early, but I've lost focus. I'll try to spend an hour or so on it every night this week. Once I finish the outline I'll need to go back and add notes for the things I'm having trouble with, and I need to work out various details to minimise mix-ups when it comes to writing. As long as I spend that time on it every night I shouldn't have any trouble.

With a bit of luck and persistence I should be able to pull this off, as long as I remember that it doesn't have to be perfect.

For the writing week, I should have at least half of Monday (I'm not sure when we'll get there), and then all of Tuesday to Friday. Saturday's a write-off, but I can also use Sunday if I have to, because Monday is a holiday.  
tayastorm: (chainsaw zombie)
During the last weekend of this month, I'm going to see the superbikes with my dad, and hopefully my brother and his girlfriend. On the Monday, Dad and I are driving back to his place, where I'll be staying until the next Saturday, when I'll be coming home.

As a result of my general craziness, I've decided to attempt to write the plotbunny, in full, during that week. 

So this week and next I will be attempting to work out an outline for it, complete enough that I'll be able to get at least the entire plotline written out. Sub-plots and characterisation/setting things are optional, but I want it to be enough that someone can read it and go "Ah, so that's what happens".

I suspect this venture is possible, but whether or not I can do it remains to be seen.

Type up

May. 5th, 2009 10:21 pm
tayastorm: (writing)
Finished the scene in first person and typed it up. Might write the second part for the third person version, but I failed at napping this afternoon, so it may not happen.

Noticed something while I was typing up the first person version. Not sure if it's real or a mis-write, but there are differences in some of the details that don't seem to be errors in either of them. For example, in third person, the thug the MC is talking to seems totally relaxed, but in first person he's struggling to stay controlled. In contrast, the MC notices almost nothing of her surroundings, while in third I get quite a clear image of it.
It may be an error on my part, but if it's not it means I have an interesting decision to make. Of course, it being an error is a definite possibility. I'll have to write more to find out.

Plotbunny

May. 4th, 2009 07:00 pm
tayastorm: (writing)

Abandoned the Snowflake Method for the time being. I'm giving Lazette Gifford's Two Year Novel Course a try, although I've faltered a bit at the characters section. If I could organise my writing space again I might have more luck with it, or it could just be that I don't need to work on them any more yet.

Also wrote some of the new opening scene for the plotbunny at work last week, and finally typed it up today. Then decided I needed to rewrite it from a different POV (prompted by Lazette's course), so I now have two drafts of the scene, in first and third person. Haven't found the right voice for the story yet, but I'll let it be for now.

I'm going to try to finish the scene tonight, in at least one POV. Although my brain might die before I can. We'll see

tayastorm: (writing)
Been working on the plotbunny, using the Snowflake Method. Did the sentence and paragraph summaries, and partial character summaries for Mar and Derek. Then attempted to do a page summary and it went downhill from there. Mostly just my mood though, I think the planning is still going okay.

I worked out that the story is about a job Mar is doing for the Unity, and that it threatens the Sentients, which gives Mar and Derek plenty of motivation to make dangerous choices. And the antagonist is after the object first and Derek second, which makes more sense (and gives me less antagonists to juggle).

At some point though I got frustrated with planning and tried to write, except I wasn't in the right mind to write. I'll work on the planning again tomorrow.

Werewolves

Apr. 23rd, 2009 11:20 am
tayastorm: (meditation)
The werewolf story refuses to be written until I worldbuild properly, because there's some complicated thing about Cara (the female werewolf) being a Princess of a royal werewolf line from a realm where werewolves aren't as we know them, and Jason (the male) is an earthborn werewolf and thus so far beneath Cara even if she is a halfbreed. So they can't simply do it in the bushes, regardless of whether or not Cara goes all vampire on him, but they insist that they're going to anyway.
My response to which was "Guess you won't get written then. I'll work on the plotbunny instead."
Although I would like to work on it at some point. Maybe just as a worldbuilding exercise. I got hints of an Earth (similar enough to ours, but different) and several interconnected worlds that seem to vary in physical and spiritual presence. Spiritual covering things like gods, magic, supernatural things, and so on. I'm not sure yet how they're connected though. I'm thinking it's something similar to landmasses separated by water.
All very interesting, but it got itself shoved in the Maybe Later box.

In plotbunny news, I've been working on snowflaking, and managed a paragraph summary that cleared up a lot of things about the plot. I still need to work on a lot of details, but I believe that's what the next step is about. Hopefully I'll get that done tonight.
If I do, I'll clean up the paragraph summary and maybe post it.
Although if my mood doesn't improve I may have to spend the night cleaning to sort myself out.

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