1. Laurus

    Laurus Disappointed Idealist Contributor

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    Laurus' Progress Journal

    Discussion in 'Progress Journals' started by Laurus, Jul 6, 2017.

    /progress halted
     
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    Does this maybe belong in a workshop thread?
     
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    No? The first chapter is already in a workshop thread. I've decided to go ahead with the project, so I posted a progress journal for it and included the first chapter until I've written a synopsis.
     
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    1,120 more words down. Plot direction found.

    Russell goes to get cigs
    Something happens -- robbed by a Mexican or Russian probably
    He misses his appointment, loses his money, and needs to make the money back to pay the penalty fee and new appointment fee so he can get back and get his meds
    Bullshit ensues
     
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    Laurus Disappointed Idealist Contributor

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    Stream of consciousness happens writing gets written when the water flows, and my head is like a toddler playing with the faucet nozzles. But progress is progress, and I can't be upset about that. The character roster is slowly expanding, as are the settings and ideas, though I know I will need to whittle it all down to a fine point and convey my ideas with grace. Well, as graceful as something like this can be. Leatherface in a tutu still wields a chainsaw.

    ~4000 words.
     
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    Laurus Disappointed Idealist Contributor

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    I have about 3 versions of chapter 2 floating around and I can't find any of them. I know one is written in some old composition notebook, one is on my old computer, and the third is MIA. Fuckin fuck shit. Guess I'll respawn at the bonfire and try again.

    ~2000 words.
     
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    Found the first draft in the notebook! Turned 200 words into 800 and finally have chapter 2 saved in scrivener next to chapter 1. Finally, some order. Words is words, no matter how few.
     
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    I'm not sure how to delete this, so I'll just use this comment as this thread's death certificate. My writing habits and desires clearly indicate a propensity for short form. I'm not ready to write a novel, either technically or emotionally, and so I see no point in pretending like it's getting done when it's not. So until much further notice, Bare Feet and No Filters will collect dust in my pile of long-term to-dos. Thank you to everyone who supported my efforts on this story in the workshop -- it won't be forgotten.

    Edit: I'm changing the purpose of the log since posting a new one seems superfluous.
    Right, so, I've had a think. I'd like to experiment with the structure of the story and play with how time advances.

    I don’t want the grand, epic-scale plot I wanted before. It’s not my style. This plot will be scaled down to something more humble. It’s basically a coming-of-age story of a mentally and socially deficient man who desperately searches the world around him for an interesting story to live, that he may choose to continue living.

    I aim for it to be a thoughtful and inspiring tale. Now that I have a clearer goal and structure, I feel ready to start on this again.
     
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    Timeline:
    Ch1 - 1 month before appointment

    Events to cover:
    Bar scene (ramp tension 1) 3 weeks before appointment
    How he met Seline, her current involvement, and their eventual breakup (ramp tension 2) 2 weeks before appointment
    Time spent with Delilah (throughout)
    Attempted suicide (ramp tension 3) one week before appointment

    Protagonist:
    Russell

    Antagonist:
    Russell

    Major characters:
    Seline
    Delilah
    Bar man (still needs name)

    Minor:
    Doctor
    Mother
    Vaguely-Middle-Eastern-Brothers 1 & 2

    To do & not to do:
    Avoid therapy framing device for all that is holy

    Progress:
    Bar scene in progress

    Next:
    Character building
     

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