And so the story goes (forward)

Welcome one and all, back to my corner of the web. You haven’t heard much from me because when I wasn’t working my day job (over 4th of July among other landmark dates…), I was plotting! Yes, you heard right. Continue reading

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Back to the drawing board. Don’t be scared.

Welcome back one and all. The title might be a little misleading but hang in there. I promise no politics, no music and no religion for a change 🙂

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If you follow my blog for a while, you know I’m working on my first novel which is a science fiction slash supernatural. If not, now you have it. You might also remember me working with a writing coach and attending writers groups. If it’s up to me, I’ll be doing that forever as the advantages are plenty and the disadvantages are… nonexistent.
I have minced words, spun plots and in general tore down keyboards like a mad man. I wrote north of 50,000 words for a whooping total of 15,000 as of this moment.

How is that possible?

I wrote a post a while back which I lovingly call “The drive to California“. It had a lot to do with outlining, pantsing and plotting. See, I like to think of myself as a plotter, but I moved a bit away from sticking to a very tight route towards driving from one milestone to the next while taking the liberty to write with some abandon.
This proved to be advantageous on one hand, as I truly believe it improved my writing and the way I can build a scene, stay true to my characters and move the story forward.
The pitfalls are few but nonetheless dangerous… The greatest one is straying away from your route. If the story moves forward, but no longer in the direction you need it to… you might end up in Oklahoma instead of California. And If you want to splash in the water of the Pacific ocean… well you’re in for a little surprise.

So, I first wrote a hell of a lot of filler. We got rid of that. I then moved to writing more to the point. Alas, there were significant holes in the story, characters misbehaving and sounding pretty much the same. After that, well, we killed a bunch of unnecessary characters. Erased them in cold blood. And then… and then we found my story. It was hiding right behind all that smoke screen I USED to call my writing 🙂

So… I found my story, my REAL story. I was happy and even somewhat proud of my improving skills. But then I realized I needed to go back to the map and make sure that I was still going to California.

What I’m doing these past few days is basically restating my main milestones. You know, Start at Atlanta Georgia, drive West towards Alabama, proceed through Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, Arrive at California, Hit big blue sea.

I feel pretty good with myself now, knowing I can write much better than I did when I started. I know I’ll be able to write even better as I make my way to the final destination. I just need to make sure that I’m driving my novel to the right place. When I’m done re-drawing that map, I can get back behind the wheel and step on it!

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You’re all welcome to come along by the way! So feel free to comment, and hopefully we’ll get there sooner than it might seem.

Knock knock! Who’s there? A new can o’ worms, that’s who!

After the celebrations, it’s back to work on my blog. Let me share something with you. I completed just about 20% of my novel. I wrote about 20K words and they are beautiful! They are ordered nicely in chapters and if you read them, my story will begin to unravel in front of your eyes. You will get to know where my story takes place, in which time and who my main characters are. You will also get a glance of the external antagonistic forces and perhaps you might even think there’s a good story about to unfold. This Saturday and Sunday I heard a knock on my door. The sky got darker and I heard ominous music play. It got louder as I came closer to the door. I opened it and… Continue reading

Energy renewed!

Hello world!

I’m back and with some renewed energy. It has been about a month since I had to almost completely ignore this blog of mine, and I have missed it. Life wasn’t (and indeed ISn’t) boring, as you could see in my previous posts I was away from home, working in Seattle and had to juggle more than one major task. Not to say I am not busy these days… But where I had to do my “day job” during the day as well as the evenings (leaving scarce time to write) I can now at least use the evenings to work on my writing. Continue reading

Writing and the reading experience

I had a nice chat yesterday regarding a story I shared with someone. The feedback that I received was both welcome and informative. I appreciated the time dedicated to reading my story and the comments made by my friend. It took me about an hour to realize though, that the input was not trivial… Continue reading