Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2/13-2/15

The wild thing about writing on different days is that my writing style is a chameleon; it changes. Chapter one is written in purple prose, but it quickly morphs into regular prose. I definitely planned to write in purple, but it's hard to maintain the style in dialogue so I ended up switching between the two styles.

On Thursday I watched HSM. It was wild, too.

Friday, February 9, 2018

2/7 - 2/9

Today's the day I absolutely gave up on Everything and wrote with zero regard for planning anything. I wrote my epitaph poem for the beginning, though I'll probably have to revise it later to make it tighter. I also edited chapter one.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

2/1 - 2/5

In which I finally realize a major flaw in my first chapter and fail to find sufficient motivation - it doesn't open with clear conflict.

Which means, I'll get to have the Great Fun of starting somewhere else in the narrative where a problem is a little more obvious, even if it's not the major story arc. I think I need one more major catastrophe, too...

1/26-1/30

I read an interesting article today about how setting can reflect the story - which is something I'd never really thought about. Like, how a mystery story set in a place with winding roads and a lot of narrow alleys contributes to the milieu of uncertainty and indecision. I'm not really sure how to use this revelation to apply to my own though, without changing the setting. For a ghost story, it might be better to use a stereotypically haunted location, but oh well. Maybe I can build upon urban horror tropes.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

1/22 - 1/24

Ah, yes. Another two days where I struggle to find inspiration for the story I created myself. The low point of today was when I forgot my own protagonist's name and couldn't find the last time I used it in narrative and had to go back to my synopsis to check.

'A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.' - Thomas Mann.

I definitely agree.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

1/16-1/18

I decided to drop my old outline format since it wasn't working for me and the intense detail I was putting into it was actually kind of stressing me out since I didn't have the content of every conversation and interaction worked out. I had to gloss over some conversations I planned to happen, and I ended up pretty paranoid that not having everything planned was going to lead to disastrous plot holes later on.
So I redid my entire outline, but this time more informally, under the assumption no one else was really going to use them except me, and therefore I'm the only one who really needs to understand what's going on.
Hence, every outline major point is written as if it were a meme or a sensational newspaper headline. It's great. I'm kind of having a good time.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

1/9 -1/11

On Tuesday I reread my work so far and found a couple plot holes and died a little on the inside. I corrected them. 

Today I watched some videos and tried to write some of the skating scenes looking at some old performances. I also did some government notes.