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?
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 12:33 PM, at
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.
That would be very nice.
Wait, you threw away TVC or something else?
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.
Lol Sela. I'm sure you'll figure it out and weed out the crack monkeys in the end.
By 12:46 AM, at
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. :)
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!!
I know what you mean Sela. Hope it works out.