Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thursday Thoughts

My cyberpunk retelling of "The Seven Swans" is on its way towards the climax, so I'm hoping to finish it this week. It has turned out to be a rather long story, but in contemplating it, I've realized that I really had to tell two (and a half) stories: the main plot, then the love story to establish her relationship with the "king" ... and finally, interactions with her brothers to show how she feels about them. Not a full story, but a narrative thread. I felt I needed to flesh both these out for the emotional component of the story.

Not so sure about finishing my novel by the Valentine's Day deadline. I've just finished the competition portion of the second-to-last episode, and I could probably do it, but that would mean writing nothing else for the next two and a half weeks ... and I've got a short story to finish, the FWO February challenge to contemplate, a couple of free writes I want to make because they're good for my writer-brain, and a 2k story challenge I've committed myself to.

I still have no idea what's going to happen in the last episode, but I finally had a brainstorm that helped me worked out the problem I had with the romantic subplot. Totally not a direction I had anticipated going initially ...

When I finally do edit this novel, I'm going to have to break down the episodes both organically and mechanically, and see how the actual size versus the flow and pacing work together.

Word count for 1/20 - 1/26: 11,669


Angie said...

I like the new picture. Good luck with finishing all your projects. Don't be too hard on yourself if you don't make your deadline. Just look at how much you have accomplished.

Lindsey Duncan said...

Thanks :-)

I kind of have this philosophy of never letting my goals getting in the way of things I want to do ... which sounds terrible, but I've been lucky enough to have a balance of discipline and self-awareness to know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em, as it were.