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Archive for January, 2015

Progress Report, in which I demonstrate how the creative process works

Continuity issues on Petra Rising are now sorted, I think, but they’ve left me with a lot of questions about what to do with a certain subplot.  After banging my brain against that wall for a bit, I decided to switch to another plot thread, to see if it would prove more tractable.  Not so much, as it happens.  I’m kind of stalled out in Dream Time.

The last time I found myself in that situation, I said to myself, “Screw it.  I’ll just dive into drafting, and something will come to me.  That’s what pantsers do, right?”

Well, kind of.  I mean, I did end up with a draft, but not one that I was very happy with.  I feared the rewrite would be something of a nightmare, and brother, was I right.  I’d just as soon not go though that again.

No, I’m not ready to start this draft just yet.  So I’m not going to, and that’s that.  You hear me, brain?  We have some more prep work to do.  Quit yer whining; it’s not going to help.

And to answer your unspoken question:  yes, this is pretty much how the creative process works with me.

No updates for Write Club.

Back to the notebook . . .

Current Music: "- Human"--Metallica

Progress Report, in which I prepare for a new career

So remember last week’s exciting installment, when I mentioned that Dream Time on Petra Rising had become a bit more structured?  Yeah, about that . . .

Turns out that I had some more continuity issues to work on.  I had to go all the way back to the first volume in the series to pick up some key details that will factor into this latest installment.  That detour soon led to another, and I found myself re-rereading parts of Petra Released.  I’ve started a separate document just to keep track of pre-established data, complete with citations.  If nothing else, I suppose it might help me prepare for a career as a paralegal, should I be inclined that way.

Yeesh.  And I still have to work on the actual, you know, story.  So I suppose I should get back to that.

No updates for Write Club.


Current Music: "Be My Lover"--Triumph

Progress Report, in which I set your mind at ease

Decent progress last week, in that I managed to get a pretty good handle on one of my subplots for Petra Rising.

And I find, now that I’m some weeks in, that my Dream Time has taken on a bit of a structure.  When I first start jotting notes for a new novel, they’re usually pretty random—bits of characterization, concepts, questions.  Now, I have a much better idea of what I need to focus on.  Barring any derailments—which could of course still happen—I figure I need to work on two other subplots, and then I’ll be ready to start drafting.

Understand, when I say “work on,” I don’t mean “have it all plotted out.”  All of these notes are basically just enough to get me started.  I still have very little idea how this thing will end.  So don’t worry, folks; I’m still a pantser, in case you were concerned.  Hope I’ve set your mind at ease.

No updates for Write Club.

And I’m out.

Current Music: "Triad"--Tool