My three main characters are a diplomat, a spy, and a political officer. And they all have something to hide--from themselves, their governments, their friends, and each other. I tend to remember that Michelangelo is frictionless, because he's so frictionless. He's practically a null space on the damned page; he doesn't even tell himself what he's thinking.
The problem is that my usual method of writing, which is very kinetic (method writing, Steve calls it), involved getting into the character's head and emoting through a scene with him. It's kinetic writing. I feel what the character feels, and know what he's going to do on a cellular reptile brain kind of level.
Doesn't work with these guys. They won't tell me a damned thing.
Which is also why I'm having to wait for people like leahbobet, cpolk, katallen, and truepenny, who do close-reading explicatory style reader-reaction crits to tell me what the heck the characters are thinking. Because they are apparently thinking stuff.
They just don't see fit to pass it along to their damn author.
Stubborn slow-moving story.
Progress notes for 31 July 2005:
"Something Dreaming Game"
New Words: 740
Total Words: 2,610
Reason for stopping: Work
Mammalian Assistance: Marlowe came and slept on my chest last night
Stimulants: A Stone pale ale (last night, not this morning. lushes.)
Exercise: four hours of jawing with friends in the living room. *g*
Mail: SF Crow's Nest thinks Scardown is a little too action-packed. Plot in an SF novel. What will they think of next?
katallen blames it on me being influenced by too much Farscape. And I cannot argue with the critique--this book is less tightly focused on Jenny. Moral of the story for aspiring writers: if you have a strong central character and lean less heavily on him/her in one installment, people will hate it. I think Steve got this in one of the Vlad novels, too. Which is not to say that Jenny isn't *in* the book. But the range of the novel is a lot wider than Hammered.
I could have put in more filler scenes with Jenny and stretched it out to two novels, of course. If I knew how to write filler scenes....
(Of course, it's the one in the series that I like best. Figures. Ah well, he's really going to hate Whiskey & Water.)
Today's words Word don't know: ideations
Words I'm surprised Word do know: n/a
Tyop du jour: the fireman hooks his feet in the runs of the ladder and hauls
Darling du jour: The Ken doll didn't jump hard enough. He falls short of the ladder, and the miniature fireman lunges frantically to catch him.
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: China Miéville, Iron Council; Richard Overy, Russia's War: A History of the Soviet War Effort, 1941-1945; Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Interesting research tidbits of the day: n/a
Other writing-related work: n/a