"I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all."
-Richard Wright, American Hunger, 1977

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Progress Update

I've been bad at posting lately, but partially that's because I haven't been making as much progress as I want to.

I've come to the conclusion that E&L is just a slower book to write than RoB&F was. It's a much more complex plot, deals with more difficult themes and takes place in a much more detailed world. It's my "drama," as opposed to RoB&F, which is more of a "romantic adventure." (These are in quotes because they're actually both fantasy - these are my own, random ideas of what subgenres I'd categorise them as.) I'm going to have to adjust to only managing about 500 words an hour or less. But I am making some progress on it, however slow.

I'm not writing down much for TAWS, but it's definitely percolating. I've got a very good grasp of the themes of the books and the interpersonal conflicts the main characters will struggle with. What I need is the actual plot. Well, really, a MacGuffin. The plot so far is very literary and I not only want a primary conflict that will suit a fantasy setting better, but I want the characters to deal with this personal conflict in a pressure cooker of other crises - I want the intensity of a huge threat to motivate them and I want the pressure of a deadline. That way they're not just sitting around moping about it or finding ways to avoid it, which I would find very boring to write or read. I did share what I have so far with the Word DaWGz, which was really fun. I'm very secretive about my work overall, since if I let myself talk about it I'm less motivated to write about it, but this project is still early enough in development that it doesn't feel dangerous to share it. They seemed to really like the idea, which was heartening.

My main focus right now, though, is RoB&F. I realised today that it's March and that's National Novel Editing Month, a spin-off of National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to spend 50 hours editing in 31 days. I was already thinking about doing it, and since I've been needing some motivation lately, I signed up. I'm not going to kill myself to "win," but if I do manage to get 50 hours done that should get me most of my way through the first revision pass. In good news, the more time I spend with this book (so far) the more I like it.

National Novel Editing Month

1 comment:

Sharon said...

I can't wait to see what you do with this one!