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08 January 2009 @ 10:49 pm
1/8/09: Eight days and counting  
Word count: 4246 | Since last entry: 519

Yoga class today; first one since November. It's good to stretch and move in those ways again. We've also moved up from a level 1 to a level 1-2 class, with a fun instructor I really like. The only downside is that it's almost too many people for the space, but I bet some people will drop out as the term goes on.

On the recommendation of 21st Century Geeks, we've been watching Leverage on TNT. Lightweight, lots of fun, sharply written, reminds me of a non-SF version of Firefly. Others have compared it with The A-Team but I never watched that.

Tonight marks eight days of writing 500 words every day, though I know that's not much by some people's standards and I suspect that once I finish this story I will edit out just about everything I wrote tonight. I didn't outline this story before I started (a downside of the "must write 500 words of actual prose every day, notes and outlines don't count" plan... might need to re-think that detail) and that means a certain amount of false starts, blind alleys, rewriting, and cutting. I think I know the climactic scene now, but I'm still not sure how to get my protagonist into the situation where the climactic decision is forced, nor which way he'll jump (well, I have my suspicions but I don't yet know why). This is a different process for me and it's probably a good thing to try something different every once in a while, but it's kind of frustrating.

Also frustrating is waiting for submission responses to arrive and publications to appear. Why does publishing have to be soooo sloooow? I want my instant gratification, and I want it now!

Twilight: WriteInspirationPentwilight2000 on January 9th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Yea for writing 500 words every day!

as for Leverage - it's SO much better than the A-team (i suspect the comparison is "snappy writing") - it's a full on caper show in the model of old rat pack movies like the original Ocean's 11 - which I get a kick out of ;>.

As for organic writing - that's how I wrote the first book and it worked well (or it felt like it did - we'll see what editors tell me ;>), but the 2nd is almost demanding an outline - which I've been fighting. Perhaps I should try something new and outline it? ;>.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on January 9th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
A short story is one thing, but I can't imagine investing a novel's worth of time on a project without outlining. David J. Williams makes the case here: http://davidjwilliams.livejournal.com/33140.html
Twilight: WritingScrolltwilight2000 on January 9th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
I know - organic writers hear that all the time -- and I can't imagine strapping myself to an already told story that's been outlined and so has the spark taken out of it - which of course is how I view outlines ;>.

At some point that may change -- but for now, it's gonna be an uphill climb to get me to outline a book -- and then feel that there's still enough story to tell to actually flesh that out into a book :>.