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chancewrites on epiracy and ebooks, further to the discussion.

Progress notes for 21 May 2005:

Whiskey & Water

New Words: 2,372
Total Words: 86,520 / 96,750
Pages: 387

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96,750 / 160,000
Reason for stopping: supposed to be having dinner with friends. Also, tired the heck out.
Mammalian Assistance: none
Stimulants: seltzer
Exercise: none. I am still struggling with exhaustion. I think it's a bug.
Mail: nomail
Today's words Word don't know: kitted, crinkly
Tyop du jour: gilt trip (or) no writing souls nor demons with pitchforks. Yeah, some days, that's about how it seems.
Darling du jour: n/a
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver
Interesting research tidbits of the day: n/a
Other writing-related work: n/a

This is the first book I've written where I haven't had, in some manner, more or less instant feedback on it as it was written. It's a bit odd, because I can't tell whether stuff is coming across to people, and I find myself going--as just now--"Do I need to show this character's decision to make a given step? Or can I just show her taking the action?" And I'm not sure. I'm not sure it's maintaining tension, either, because there's so very much going on, and the omniscient voice is a bit distancing. It makes the book much more about the story than about any particular character. Which is an unusual thing for me to cope with, because I am usually a very immersive, character-driven writer, and this all feels a little... thin as I'm writing it.

And of course It's different for me not to be working while in a dialogue with the usual crew, because I know their reactions and so on. Of course, it's not like I have time to beta-read either, currently. It just feels a bit like having the training wheels off.

On the other hand, I like the book, and I'm enjoying writing it. I just hope I'm doing it justice.

And wow, gosh, I'm tired.


That is the idea. And god knows, I hope I can get there. This book is just so damned weird to write, I'm never quite sure.

Ah well. At least it's interesting.
I don't know what kind of book you're writing, but I find that stories that I would consider 'active' have much less in-head stuff. People work things out and then do things and we understand their decisions by the actions that they take. This would make a lot of sense in omniscient too, I'd think (haven't done much with omniscient myself).

On the other hand, I'm apt to have my characters stand around thinking about all the things they could do, (all of it wonderfully written, of course:-) and never doing anything. Not unlike my life (except for the beautifully written part...)