April 13, 2015

I Waffles With Sugar Free Surple

I am notorious for waffling on my writing projects, partially for the basic simple fact that I can never decide on what I want to work on and partially for the basic simple fact that nothing I work on as of late grabs me like this story, that story, that other story or these group of stories did.

Nowhere was this point jackhammered home when this past weekend (4/11 & 12), I got seriously motivated to do some writing. The motivation was a natural offshoot from taking the next steps with my novella: formatting and cover(s). So after performing my usual routine of last minute editing when opening the manuscript, I commenced to writing.

Funny thing happened on the way to nirvana though: I found myself writing some increasingly hostile verbiage for what seemed a rather overlong/never-ending scene of nastiness (no, I won't tell you what I was writing). Additionally, I found myself really not wanting to continue with story, simply because I really had no idea where I wanted to go with the story.

So.

I stopped and took a long look at what I wrote and I said to myself, "You know what you need to work on, don't you."

And reluctantly, the answer I gave myself was, "I do."

So I went to my box of floppies and dug out the disk that had the story that would simply not go away (sort of like the guy who has a life insurance policy out on himself and survives about a half dozen attempts on his life). The story that periodically, since March 30, 2014, knocked on my subconscious to say, "You know you wanna...do me! Go on, you need to do me! Do me bad!"

Well...maybe not like that. But you get the basic idea.

So here I is, reading the story that simply will not go away to quietly decompose in the G.B.'s Slush Pile Of Ignorance, in order to refresh my memory on where I was going, This story (scroll down the paragraph called "Time To Go") I was reading on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in wonderful downtown Burbank, California (this was an actual trivia question that my daughter got on her phone this past Friday), instead of this story, which I checked out of the library this past Saturday (note to reader: I've only read the first 11 pages/4 chapters and this book has got me hook, line and sinker).

So the next step in tackling this story, of which I have 50 pages/4 chapters written, once I finish re-familiarizing myself with it, is to do the following:

1} Write in all the edits;
2} Fix point of view so that it's consistently 1st person (mixing views improperly is a bad thing);
3} Print out fresh pages;
4} Start writing fresh stuff.

Sadly, this is probably the one novel in which no written outline is needed and the two plotlines remain depressingly easy to remember as well as easy to resolve.

Damn, I really hate working on something that gives me the creeps yet remains the one thing that I'll probably finish this year.

Ever have that problem: work on something you detest yet'll be something that you'll finish to completion?

(c) 2015 by G.B. Miller. All Rights Reserved.

12 comments:

  1. I start many things for everything I finish, although I do sometimes return o older projects

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've been finding myself as of late thinking about those old completed stories of mine. Some have been pretty bad, but there are few that have potential. Those range from 20 to 75 pages in length, so I'll always have a challenge waiting for me should I give up on this one. Again.

      Delete
  2. So far, no.But if it gives you the creeps, just think what it will do to your readers.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's the really scary part: what potential readers may think of it. When you write in the crime genre, there is the very real potential of crossing that fine line from a excellent story to a really disturbing story.

      Delete
  3. I think you should write a story about bunny rabbits and kitties.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Bunny rabbits? Kitties? Oooh, I see lots of potential there. :D

      Delete
  4. Hmmm - the real me. Feeling inadequate sometimes that I am not a real writer - just a twice a week blog writer. :) I always like seeing what you are up to - interesting that sort of poured out of you like that.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't do a lot of introspective tangents these days, simply because I never know how the reader would take them. I'm always afraid that I'll turn someone off because they may get the wrong impression that all I do is whine (which I don't).

      Personally, I think it takes an incredible amount of talent to churn out the quality posts that you write on your blog. Anyone can post pics, but to come up with a quality (and interesting) caption takes someone who can really turn a phrase.

      And you're one of the best that I know of. Don't ever sell yourself short.

      Delete
  5. Not since I stopped working in PR :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, I can see where that's probable. :D

      Delete
  6. I hate writing things that turn my stomach or scenes that suddenly don't seem like original word choices to me. Then there are characters that creep me out...
    I'd much rather keep reading my latest sci-fi choice from the library (currently hooked in Larry Niven's works)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can dig that. Still, sometimes the creepiest stuff can be the easiest thing to write.

      Delete

These days, the written word is to die for, so please leave a comment that shows me and everyone else the real you. All kinds of verbiage will be cheerfully accepted in the spirit it was written.