I’m not going to jinx myself by announcing I got my groove back,
but I made a ‘new story’ folder on good old Word and I have been plugging away at least 1000 words a day with another working doc of the same old story. I’m playing one of my main characters as more of a manipulative bastard this time around – I think I made him too nice and polite last time. So far so good, it’s helped me to tighten up a plot point and conflict or two, to throw his love interest into sharper focus, and to give my other MC more choices to make/actions to take.
May be time to axe a couple of beloved supporting cast members. You never can tell.
Oh and I think I accidentally invited another contemporary time-and-place celebrity to the party.
Literally a party. I think Annie Dillard or Joyce Carol Oates or someone famous advises skipping party scenes… but you know what? If I avoided every kind of scene mentioned by writers giving advice, I bet I technically wouldn’t be allowed to tell any story at all.
Plllth. So party on Wayne. I served up more cognac and cigars than last time around, too.
I have a couple of characters scrapping about art for a bit. To be fair, they are both either working or trying to get work as artists, they disagree about what each other is trying to do, and the dialogue is pretty short lived… may have got in a good zinger about using ‘bourgeoisie’… but I was worried I was telling instead of showing. Cue to later today, taking a peek at the latest cheap paperback we keep on the back of the toilet (yeah, I’m a toilet reader)
What to my wondering eyes did appear… paragraph after paragraph of the author ranting about religious institutions- barely disguised as characters arguing while they travel from one setting to another…
Seriously, this isn’t sour grapes, it IS THAT BAD and THAT THINLY VEILED. Well, my little argument about art doesn’t even begin to go there.
So as long as I don’t go there, my story can be only the second worst thing I’ve ever read today. And hey, better than bottom of the ladder is good enough for me right now 🙂
On the super novel dissection lab… meh!
My mission to take apart Michael Chabon and look at all his lovely bits may continue at a later date. 🙂 Got to try some of his ways for conveying enormous amounts of character with very few words- he describes the things one of his characters was most renowned for doing at a younger age, which immediately makes me feel I know and ‘get’ the dude. He’s also very detailed about what people like to eat. (and therefore choke on when EXCITING THINGS HAPPEN!) da da daaaa