Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sci-Fi novel: a daily progress report.

Woot! I’m a writer again! I wrote 2 000 words yesterday and an entire chapter and already wrote 1 000 this morning of another new chapter. It’s shit, as usual, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that my first draft is more like a set of notes following a, more or less, chronological order. Everything needs to be re-written anyway, to reflect the recent changes I’ve made. There might be a bit of an intimate scene between Amber and Keith (which would tie nicely with what I’m currently writing) and I will cancel the scene between Janet and Adrianne, which was stupid and badly timed to begin with anyway (you have no idea what I'm talking about, but that's OK. One day, I'll share). Also, I will refrain myself from making scientific explanations or go too far into how things work. What matters most is the story and feelings I’m trying to convey. And I am no scientist (much to my regret). I will leave the current and future generations, who may or may not take a liking in my story, explain the science. The same way they did with technology seen in Star Trek such as cell phones and Ipads. However, I will try to avoid common science mistakes such as including sounds in space! No, I will replace the science-stuff with colorful and lengthy descriptions, sensations and feelings. Everything in the story is HUGE! The J-Rex station is humongous! And the Aries is quite a big ship for only 5 people. And although, she is quite huge, she is also tiny compared to other ships of the mercantile fleet. I want everything to be gloriously out of proportion.

Read, read, read, write, write, and write... my new motto!

I have determined, this morning, that I’ve had a writer’s block since April. And I’m pretty glad to be back on track, let me tell ya.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Writing update

I've been working on a science-fiction novel for a little over a year now. Working on my first draft to be precise, which I started writing in July 18th of last year. I'm halfway trough the story line I would say and just begun writing again yesterday (for the past months I have been unable to write, so I did research instead). Ever since I've untied a certain knot in the story (a simple gender change in one of my characters unfold a thread of new ideas, filling out the blank spaces in my novel brilliantly), I've been feeling the pressure to get on with the story before it looses it's appeal to me. Especially since I've been feeling inspired again (and happy). I wanna ride that wave while it lasts. So I wrote a little over 500 words last night and am thinking that maybe I should make that 1000 words daily. I need to get that first draft out of the way and right now I think I've got all I need to finish that second half, which is going to be so much better then the first half. The first half will have to be re-written, but that will wait till the completion of the first draft. Right now though I have clear mental notes of what I want out of that first manuscript. But I must continue with the story as if nothing is amiss in it's first chapters, with the changes I've recently made to the crew of my little space ship, "recasting" of certain roles, etc. And I have a better feel of the places visited in the novel and writing their descriptions have become easier. I can't waste myself re-writing the first half now or by the time I'm done, I'll go trough another dry period during which I'll still find things to do and undo, never really going anywhere.

As to what the story is about... hmm... You'll have to wait for a teaser once it's done. ;)

I will, however, say this. My novel is causing me to write about Jupiter and this YouTube "video" is quite pleasant to listen to while writing about the King of planets.