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writing softcore nerdporn _ heres_luck

sometimes i live in the country. sometimes i live in the town.

I'm trying to grow a book in my head. Which is in some ways a fun and interesting thing to do, and in other ways is immensely frustrating. As as I was putting around the apartment today, wallowing in tom kha and ginger tea, nursing my headcold, ity occurred to me that in some ways what I'm doing is trying to build a relationship.

I need to fall in love. I need to find the cool in this book, the whee!, the sensawunda, and wrap my head around it and internalize it and get excited about it. I need to get to know Tristen and Caitlin better, get appropriately crushed out on them so I don't mind spending months in their exclusive company and so I have fun following them around and makign up cool exciting things for them to do. Because if the story isn't wonderful fun play, nobody else is going to want to read it either--especially when so much of the ethos of the Jacob's Ladder books is come with me, I have something fun to show you.

And once I have that love affair started, I need to start thinking about ways to work these characters around so what they're doing, and what's happening to them, hits my narrative kinks. So that it's the kind of stuff that gives me chills to write about, or catapults me out of the shower grabbing for an eyeliner pencil so I can scrawl notes on the bathtub tiles. (It works great. *g* Try it.) I need death or glory stands, and battles against impossible odds, and bravery in the face of the inevitable, and terrible choices, and all that stuff that makes stories good for me. And they have to grow organically out of the characters, and out of the situation they're in.

And they need to make me happy and excited and a little nervous that maybe this time I've gone too far over the top, because if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.

I am starting to have some ideas, which is comforting.

I just need a whole bunch more.

So if you want us, me and my cold will be on the couch, reading stacks of Scientific Americans and thinking really loud.

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I always find inspiration watching It's A Wonderful Life, Scrooge (the 1970s musical with Albert Finney and Sir Alec), and Conan the Barbarian.
I need to fall in love. I need to find the cool in this book, the whee!, the sensawunda, and wrap my head around it and internalize it and get excited about it.

Yep, exactly. And, also

And once I have that love affair started, I need to start thinking about ways to work these characters around so what they're doing, and what's happening to them, hits my narrative kinks....And they have to grow organically out of the characters, and out of the situation they're in.

More big yep and head nodding.

Edited at 2008-02-12 10:25 pm (UTC)
Yup, those. And

"in the face of the inevitable, and terrible choices, and all that stuff that makes stories good for me. And they have to grow organically out of the characters, and out of the situation they're in.

And they need to make me happy and excited and a little nervous that maybe this time I've gone too far over the top. . . .

I am starting to have some ideas, which is comforting.

I just need a whole bunch more."

What you're saying resonates, and especially right now since my current story is just starting to take off, and it just needs. . . more. . . and it's not yet reached the point where there's so much accumulation that my main task is to get as much down as possible.

It's just starting to take on a life of it's own - and borrowing a bit of mine while it does so.
i love reading your journal.
For sciency inspiration, I always find Science News Magazine (online) a great source of material. (:
I think you might enjoy these. :)
So true. One has to fall in love, desperately. Besides, it's no fun otherwise. Even if we don't aspire to *be* the characters, we have to dream.
I can see crushes on Tristen happening. Good luck with the falling in love stuff.

And commiserations on the Eye Bogies. Hope they clear up soon.
Thanks. *g*

Also, that icon still cheers me up. Poor Spencer.
Setting aside blood and thunder and focusing on falling in love ... I always opt for some snippet from Robert Browning.

Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made.

Arxiv.org is pretty good, albeit more technical. Then again, you're you.

Hey, Chill is not a contronym. No fair.

Re: Arxiv.org is pretty good, albeit more technical. Then again, you're you.

They wouldn't let me have the contronyms.

Re: Arxiv.org is pretty good, albeit more technical. Then again, you're you.

Oh. Then, be comforted (as you no doubt already are) that at least Dust is one :)
This is curiously similar to the way that I've designed computer systems. You start with what the user claims to want. Then you start to fill in the background... first the abstract concept is coloured in, then you decide the basic structure, then you carefully clarify the individual parts, etc., etc. Working with another person, which I find very helpful, as I have a seriously tangential mind, is great. And if the user actually thanks one for end result, it feels wonderful.
I need death or glory stands, and battles against impossible odds, and bravery in the face of the inevitable, and terrible choices

Me too!! I've lost them somewhere in my brain. I, too, have the Cold From Hell (CFH) and am curled up on the sofa with cats, trying to untangle some half-decent ideas...

*passes hot tea*