Let It Be

May. 12th, 2010 03:28 pm
tricksters_queen: "pretty" does not mean "safe" - which most of Royo's work makes me think of (Royo)
Okay, I was in a great mood earlier, and suddenly I feel about ready to cry. Which is odd, to say the least.

You know the scene I was talking about in the last post, the one I was wondering if I needed to scrap? Now I'm not so sure. It might survive and just get moved to a little later down the line with some radical changes. Radical changes are all I've done since I started this re-write, so the only thing that's new to this idea is moving it from it's current position to some other place in the story.

::sigh:: I'm trying to figure out how to proceed. I've gotten desperate: I'm attempting to write out an outline. Outlines are things I was taught about in school, but found little (read no) practical use for throughout my entire school career. The only time I used one was for a class where I was actually required to turn it in for credit, and it was due before the paper. If I remember correctly, I went ahead and wrote the paper and then went back to write out an outline for it to hand in. ::shrugs::

Outlines are fine things, or so I'm told by another friend of mine who's writing. I know it's supposed to tell you where you're going. ::laughter:: Which is why it's so odd that I've only ever written one AFTER finishing the project. And for this go 'round, I have to write down an outline for the scenes I've all ready completed...but the reason I'm putting myself through this hell (and for me, believe me, it really is), is because I am hoping it will help me with the idea explosion I've gone through. I need to figure out where the information should go to be the most...well, informative...and to maximum effect on the reader. I have never been good at planning something out in this particular way. I see where it's going in my head, but for some reason, trying to write it down in short form for an outline is really difficult for me. I think it's a part of the craft I really should work on. Because right now, without an outline, I'm actually stuck, and it sucks.

Maybe my husband is right, and I should take a break from writing for a little bit. I've been so obsessive with it that I've hardly done anything else. I'm glad that I had the opportunity to finish reading The Red Pyramid, but I cranked it out in only 2 days, and that's only because I wasn't concentrating on reading it all that much. I have the next Sookie Stackhouse book at home, too, so maybe I should start reading that... ::laughter:: Of course, that will probably get finished just as quickly. I want reinforcements! ::laughter:: Or something.

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