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Wednesday, February 07, 2007
It's not going quite as well as I'd hoped. As I recall, I threw away everything I wrote the first week of THE VIRGIN COURTESAN.

So far, I have the first two pages, ending with a statement that apparently means something, but I don't know what. And I have a little bit of goal/motivation stuff written on the side. More stuff that means something, but I don't know what.

Good grief. How does this happen? How do you start with a bunch of notes that raise more questions than answers and end up with a story that doesn't sound like it was written by monkeys on crack?
2/07/2007 12:06:00 PM : : Sela Carsen : : 9 Comments


I thought I saw two versions of THE VIRGIN COURTESAN, both on line.

Am I on crack?



Don't worrry about the notes.

Use larger handwriting.

Learned it as a reporter.
...I would check my notes--egad--then I'd go back to the story subject and ask her to explain it to me as if I were a litle child


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:33 PM  

Well, there's the PDF, the HTML, and the LIT files available. That's just a question of formatting, though. I typically read in PDF. For some reason, I don't like the way HTML looks on my screen. Or maybe I'm just used to it.

Was recently interviewed about Dreams & Desires for a small local weekly. The reporter kindly sent me an advance copy of the story and it needed a couple of corrections. Thank goodness we caught it in time!

I'll post the link when it comes through.

By Blogger Sela Carsen, at 12:43 PM  

That would be very nice.


By Blogger ivan, at 2:36 PM  

Wait, you threw away TVC or something else?

I'm confused...

By Blogger Amanda Brice, at 6:10 PM  

No, I threw away everything I wrote for the first week that I was working on TVC. I must have made half a dozen false starts, nearly 20 pages of writing. All gone.

It was worth it to find the right beginning, but I'm not sure I can write a partial in a week.

By Blogger Sela Carsen, at 6:16 PM  

Lol Sela. I'm sure you'll figure it out and weed out the crack monkeys in the end.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:46 AM  

Once you have all your notes, story ideas, possible plot threads and you've conjured up your characters...
Do you ever spend a few days simply pondering them? Not writing, just letting your brain relax so the story can flow?
I do that. It's harder when you have a looming deadline. :):) But sometimes you have to let your brain work through the story.

Recently something else that helped me "get going" on a story was writing down words I liked. As I watch television or movies or hear people talk...I write down the words I like best.
Encryption, paragon, nomad, torpedo, slingshot, puzzle maker...
I don't know why these words appealed to me but it worked.
The next day I cranked out 3,500 words. Good ones, too. :)

By Blogger Lara Santiago, at 7:56 AM  

I'd love to ponder, but I have this damn pendulum swinging over my neck. Going to the gym this morning. We'll see if the treadmill shakes something loose.

As for watching TV, I just watched the new Jane Eyre with Toby Stephens and I'm obsessing. He's far too handsome to play Rochester, but it was sooooooo romantic!!

By Blogger Sela Carsen, at 9:23 AM  

I know what you mean Sela. Hope it works out.

By Blogger Jen, at 10:41 AM  

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