Tonight was my second video call with Doug about our respective writing projects. His, a science fiction adventure tale examining a desert culture. When you say it like that it sounds like Dune… but really, not so much. Mine, a supernatural romance involving angels, giants, and fear. We bounced thoughts and ideas off each other for an hour-and-a-half. I won’t go into Doug’s story, I’ll save that for him and his blog, and let him tell you what he wants to share about his work in progress. I think it was a good call. It felt like we both came away with something new that we didn’t have before.
For my part, I got feed back on character background and setting that was helpful in making some of the decisions I need to make for this novel. We talked about scene, and how I tend to think in chapters rather than scenes and whether that was right or wrong… Let me explain. Everything I read talks about setting scenes, what is and isn’t scene, and how a scene is change. And while I recognize those blank lines in my books as scene breaks, I just don’t think that way. I tend to think about what I want to acomplish in each chapter. For me, most of the time, each chapter Is a scene. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, it’s just the way that I think about this stuff.
Another thing that I get from this call, and from the conversations that I have with the missus and others, is stuff that I don’t want to do. Ideas that I don’t like, but that help me clairify my own ideas. Which sounds like a negative, but is actually a big positive thing. When people try to drive a story in a direction I don’t like it causes me to bare down, dig in, and defend my ideas. Which is great for fleshing out story points, making me reevaluate my thinking, and always makes my story better. So to those of you who think I reject your ideas and don’t understand why I even bother asking… there’s your answer.
Because I’m not quite there yet, but I’m damn close. The actual writing; but you knew that. For our next call our goal is to have things notecarded out, that is have the outline, or as I like to call it, the skeleton on which the story will hang. I’ve been advised to take some to and gaze inward, do some retrospective thinking on what I want to say about the whole angels, god, religion stuff. And what I’m trying to say about love, life, and the mindset of angels. Too get a good handhold on these things so that I have something to hold onto when the writing gets tough and I can’t remember what I’m saying. Not bad advice. So that’s what you’ll be reading about here over the next week.
PS, I was writing this while Tasha was flipping between Make Me A Supermodel and some other show, so if any of the above makes little to no sense, I blame it on the stupidity eminating from my television and seeping into my head. Later.