Writerly Things 3/11/18
Oh, Daylight Savings Time, how I do loathe thee, usually. This year hasn’t been so bad as my daughter works the afternoon shift now so there’s no prying myself awake at the crack of dawn. Unless, of course, her retail hours shift but by then, I should be used to the change. I do like the lengthening of days however and I’m in a good mood today as I got to visit with Sally on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine today as well as my “weekend” begins tomorrow. It’ll be nice not to have dr. apts. or errands to run for a couple days.
We’re supposed to be hit by another snowstorm this week but they’re saying small accumulation although they said that for the one this past week as well and we ended up getting quite a bit. It’s melting now as the one that’s expected will do also when it reaches the fifties mid-week. I got my hair cut yesterday. I put in layers something I haven’t done in a while. I needed a change and my face needs the layers to soften it. I’m from the eighties when feathering was all the rage. I kind of miss the look. Anyway, the layers add a nice bounce to my hair as well.
I uncovered a few more clues to HA this week. It’s the key to my villain’s reason to dislike my three who will come against him. I haven’t decided whether to write with three pov characters or just the main. I’d like to do the three but I’m probably going to go with just one. We’ll see. I also figured out some fixes for MF when it gets back from the beta. I read Roz’s guest blog (from Nail Your Novel) where she talks about making sure you give your character’s a “why” for their actions. That was missing in my beginning and I need to get that in when it gets back. It’s weird how we can read a blog post or a craft book and get insight into a flaw in our stories.
I also watched a podcast on writer’s tips with some great writers like Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and more. Each had a rule, so to speak, for how they do things. J.K. Rowling’s was perseverance. Stephen King’s had to do with the process or the approach to writing. He likes to think of inviting his characters to a bonfire. He said a writer friend of his, John Irving, knows the ending of his stories before he begins. He doesn’t like to do that. He likes to think of it as pulling a string to unravel the events as they go along. I do a bit of both. I don’t write the ending down. But I have an idea of where I want it to end. I also work forward in my story, bringing a little nugget out each time I write. I don’t like to know too much about my story that I get bored, but I do have some directions for how I think it should get there.
I saw another Neil Gaiman podcasts on the age-old question of where ideas come from for writers. I like his humorous answers about an Idea-of-the-month club and chicken bones in the cellar. Daydreams were his most common answer and I do this as well. I like how he explains that writers just tend to notice ideas a bit more than others. I think that’s true. They can strike like lightning or sneak up. The next podcast I watched was with Brandon Sanderson on worldbuilding. He says most new writers get it wrong in telling too much description in the beginning and not enough originality. He was going to go into his magic systems advice, but time ran out. I’ve been watching his classes on YouTube of late and find this very helpful.
What have you been up to this week? Learn anything new? Have a great day, take care, and God bless!