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    Jud's lazyitus journal

    Discussion in 'Progress Journals' started by OurJud, Sep 1, 2015.

    Back from a week of dog / house sitting for my brother, for which my hopes of a lovely peaceful week of writing didn't go to plan because, unbeknown to me, they'd arranged for decorators to come and do some work. I like how they didn't tell me this until after I'd agreed to sit for them :cool:

    By the Thursday I'd had enough and was itching to get home, but now that I am home I find myself unable to summon the energy, motivation or desire to get back to work on my novel.

    It's been over a week since I worked on it :(
     
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    What are you working on, then? If I remember correctly, you dislike sharing too much information about a work in progress, but maybe there are some things you can reveal? Like the genre?
     
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    It's a futuristic road novel (no, not Mad Max, or anything remotely like it).

    I've just finished the chapter I'd been working on. 600 words maybe. Not much, but better than nothing. May do some more later tonight.
     
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    Is it the one you posted a bit of in the workshop? It was one of the first threads I read on here and I really liked it. Then I saw that you had given up on it and I thought nooo!
     
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    No, it's not that one. However, the one you mention is only shelved. I did give up on it, but on;y in frustration. I've reconsidered now.
     
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    Keep going, young man :D
     
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    Another 586 words today.

    Not brilliant, even for my low expectations, but it's 586 words that weren't there before.
     
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    Look at him go!:write:

    I don't think that's a low target at all. I was talking to a professional writer (non fiction) who said very few people - people who do it for a living - can write more than 2,000 a day.
     
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    Thanks. That's really rather encouraging to know.
     
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    623 words today, and none of it was dialogue or action. It was like shitting a bowling ball :)
     
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    Progress is progress. Well done!
     
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    Robin Williams would be proud :D
     
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    I've cheated today... kind of.

    I've only written 250 words or so, but this has finally taken me to a point in my story where I can re-use, almost word for word, the extract from my last novel which I posted here for critique.

    This will amount to over 1,000 words today, for very little effort :D
     
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    I'm going to re-read HST Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, to try and get a better understanding of how a novel such as mine is constructed.

    Getting a bit bogged down with the whole 'scene-linking' mechanics. The book I've ordered which deals with bridging the gap between scenes can't arrive soon enough.
     
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    Do you mean how to explain/show what's happened in between the last scene ending and the new one beginning? I'm not familiar with the technical terms... I should probably read some books about writing.
     
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    Yes, but more specifically, what do I fill those pages with?

    It sounds weird when I say I can write scenes, I can write dialogue, I can even write inner thoughts if I force myself. But I just can't do that whole 'passing of time' thing. Hitchcock said that fiction is like life with all the boring bits taken out, but I still don't fully understand what's required. A chapter can only begin 'Three days later...' so many time before it starts to get repetitive, and even then, 'Three days later...' hardly bulks up one's word count, does it?
     
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    Do you need to open with how much time has passed? I generally start the scene then drop something in like "since he had last seen her, a month ago" or whatever.

    I do have the opposite problem to you though, in that I need to cut 7,000 words.
     
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    It's not so much when I reveal the passing of time, it's how. And it's not really about the passing of time, anyway, it's the not knowing how to write stuff other than action.

    I find it very difficult to explain what I mean. I only know that I can't simply have one event leading straight off another. Life's not like that. And yes, I can use the 'Three days later...' technique, but this takes the reader less than a second to read, meaning it doesn't really do its job of simulating the passing of time, in a real sense. I don't want to bore my reader, naturally, but... ARGGGHH! I can't articulate myself.
     
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    A hug? Are you sure you're an Aussie, DC?
     
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    Sorry you're struggling. :( I know it's not your style and you like to perfect as you go, but could you just write the action bits you're comfortable with and then go back and work on the 'filler'? Or are you already there?
     
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    Mum's a Brit :D I have a PhD in hugs.
     
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    Oh, no. Long way from 'there'. I have thought about writing the action scenes - the main events as it were - but I have reservations about doing this in case the filler wants to shift the dynamics of the story. If I write the main events, I'd then have to tailor the filler to fit those events, when it could be that ordinarily the filler might dictate the events.

    Does that make sense?

    I think I need to stop taking Power Ginseng.
     
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    I get it. I don't have any advice so I will just offer sympathy!
     
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