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Bad day at the office

So there you are, an unexpected void in the diary. No obligations, nothing to do nd no one to please but yourself – for a whole week! The writing is going to be awesome and prodigious you tell yourself. A whole week; who knows how much you can achieve in such a vast uninterrupted stretch.

Too good to be true? Read on…

Its Sunday night and the dinner you had earlier is laying a little, shall we say,  heavy. You are surprised, after all, it wasn’t a big dinner. Never mind, think of tomorrow and all those lovely words you will be crafting.

Wake up in bed feeling nauseous; oh no, where’s the bathroom…. That’s better, must have been something ‘off’ that you ate, ah well. Thirty minutes later to the second, another trip to the bathroom. Another thirty minutes and another trip, and again, and again… Welcome to the delights of Norovirus!

Yes it’s that time of the year, when the little winter vomiting bug flexes its muscles and does the rounds. All those plans, all those words never now to be written. Instead its the noro plan diet where you lose half a stone in 24 hours, simply amazing.

So that’s my week fellow bloggers. A week of feeling like death warmed up, where lifting a cup becomes an olympian effort and eating a slice of toast feels like a three course meal.

How was your week?

 

Endgame

It came to me in a flash of inspiration. Well, more like a soft comfortable daydream. What did? Oh yes, the ending for my novel. Just sort of crept up on me. I saw it like a movie playing out in my head.

I’m nowhere near writing the end of my novel of course. My best guess is I’m around 20% of the way through the first draft. But I do like the feeling  of knowing how it all ends and I might well write the end scene out next, while it is still fresh in my mind.

So, will this be the ending I end up with? Maybe. A definite maybe. Unless a better one occurs to me of course…

Character worldviews

I was teaching my students this week about worldviews; that is, the perceptual filter we all adopt to make sense of the world around us.

The fact is, we do not experience reality in the raw – we experience a filtered version of reality, the filter consisting of our values, beliefs and experiences (our worldview). And everyone’s worldview is different, hence everyone’s reality is different.

What has this got to do with writing? Well, if the characters are to be believable, then their worldviews will have to be different. They cannot all interpret events in the same way.

The problem is firstly it is damned hard to think of reality through a worldview that is not our own – sure, I can tinker around the edges value here and a belief there, but a wholly different worldview? Hmm.

Secondly, how much of a characters worldview would I have to map out in order to make a believable character, and do I need to do this up front for consistencies sake?

Has anyone  out there thought much about this? Do tell…

 

A scene too far

So, you start off writing a scene with a clear(ish) picture in your head on where it is going and what needs to happen; a bit of dialogue here and a description or two there. But it needs to go on. And on; and on…

Somehow you just can’t seem to get to the end, or even near the end. The scene as you envisioned it didn’t have a never-ending middle – it does now!

This week I had (still have?) such a scene. It is necessary but the more I get into it, the more I discover it actually needs to make sense – I even ended up dreaming about writing it. Typing away, sweating with no end in sight.

Of course it wont actually end up like this in the final version. There will be an end (I hope); well, that’s what I keep telling myself. Somehow though, I need to write it out, if for nothing else then to see what is really necessary and maybe can be included some other way.

So, have you ever had scenes like this; your very own personal hamster wheel?

 

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