25 October 2006

Change of Plans

For the past few weeks, I've been dicking around and not getting half as much done as I'd like. Sure I'd plan to write, then I'd need to go to an appointment or my sister would suggest a fun outing or I'd go for a run always thinking I could write later.

So on the weekend, I came up with The Plan. The plan involved sitting at my computer every day between 10 - 1 without fail and writing. I figured if I did that for 2 weeks, then I'd have this draft completed. I'd find some temp work for a month or so then work on the edits. Fine in theory except for one little problem. On Monday I started writing and finished the whole draft. That's thrown my entire plan off.

Yesterday I printed the whopping great draft out and started reading. I wanted to just read. No editing, no revising, no quickly scribbled notes in the borders. Just a read through so I have the whole story in my head.

I didn't realise how hard that would be. The temptation to just fix a little bit here or a word there is insanely strong. The good news is that I've heard about half and most of the fixing up is superficial. The structure works, the pacing works - the writing just needs to be tightened.

05 October 2006

I've had a few things accepted lately. One short story by a company that does audio for the internet - that should be really interesting to hear when it's up and running, and on in the "school" magazine.

Yesterday I actually got my butt into gear and printed out some stuff to send off the old fashioned way. I'm fine with sending work out when it's by email but absolutely hopeless if I have to print it out and post it. Firstly, I have only two USB ports on my dodgy old computer - one that is used by my keyboard and one that is used by my modem. So I have to unplug stuff to plug in the printer. It drives me mad.

Then I have to go to the post office and it's annoying and overcrowded. I hate the post office! It bugs me that they have such a extensive range of goods and services there, you have to wait for people to do their banking and pay their bills and buy CDs and all manner of shit just so you can post a letter. What's with that?

03 October 2006

Slowly, Slowly

If everything goes to plan, I might have this draft of my novel finished by next week. I got bugger all done last week because I finished work and seemed to have a mountain of running around to do. I did manage to get the final scenes outlined though. It felt like doing some kind of complicated puzzle since I'm writing from various points of views and had some stuff I had to get in there, in the right order.

To make it more difficult, one of the point of view characters is on her own in a bedroom. I didn't want to go from loads of conflict and drama to suddenly have pages of her waiting around. That would have screwed up the pacing altogether. I figured a way around that and now I think it's going to work. I just have to put the words on the page.