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Progress notes for 16 May 2006:

All the Windwracked Stars.

145 words

Undertow

New Words: 1037
Total Words: (actual wordcount / manuscript) 41,137 / 45,750
Pages: 183
Deadline: August 1
Words per day to meet deadline: 764
Reason for stopping: bedtime and then some.

Well, THAT was a struggle. And I'm not at all happy with what I got, because it seems to be to be a bunch of muddy exposition that works out to the author thrashing about with the plot and losing two falls out of three. And I don't think the incredibly clever Dark Sekrit I came up with is presented very well. ("Let's reveal a big threat in internalized, secondhand narration, rather than showing any of it! Way to go, Bear!")

Alas, POV, structural, and space restrictions might prevent me from actually showing this stuff earlier, so that this functions as an explanation rather than exposition. (Explanations are usually more interesting than exposition, because by then the reader hopefully wants to know.)

...And now, in complaining about it, I just figured out how to both add an earlier scene I really needed, and address this issue, too. Go team me! Go team whiney!

But this scene, anyway, will do until I can come up with something better.

Shut up and soldier, soldier. You can always fix it after the book is done.


Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
41,137 / 100,000
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183 / 400
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I'm writing like a bloody Brit tonight. 9 em dashes in four paragraphs. It looks like a fistfight in an Ian Banks novel in here.


Stimulants:  Blue Lady tea
Exercise:  None
Mail: I sold "Sonny Liston Takes The Fall" today, but I don't think I'm allowed to say to who or for what yet.
Today's words Word don't know:  n/a
Words I'm surprised Word do know: n/a
Mean Things: She got a shower. She should be happy.
Tyop du jour:  n/a
Darling du jour:  If she didn’t grease the rat's-nest up and comb through it before she washed, she'd set the salty tangles into Gordian knots, requiring the Alexandrian solution.
Books in progress: Wendy Moore, The Knife Man;
Interesting tidbit of the day: n/a
Other writing-related work: n/a
The glamorous life of the writer: Day four of project empty-the-fridge-before-WisCon netted me a roasted beet, gorgonzola, and honey-roasted cashew salad in a pear-vinegar and walnut oil dressing.

It was incredibly good.

Comments

Why, I ask, why does it only happen when we go to the US?

As a rather tired US citizen, I have to say I think this question answers itself.
Yay for whining! I did that last week--figured out how to fix a story by explaining to someone how it was broken. It felt really spiffy.

Dashes--ah, yes. I do try to limit them to one per paragraph. But it's hard.

Hard, I say.
Dashes--ah, yes. I do try to limit them to one per paragraph. But it's hard.

But don't you find yourself using them as bracket-substitutes (brackets in fiction? Yuck spit!)? In which case, necessarily, they come of course in pairs, in a single sentence. Or is that just a bloody Brit thing?

[Oy, you, Bear - nuthin' wrong with bloody Brits. As it 'appens, my latest US publisher is calling her new imprint Bloody Brits. For UK crime fic, not previously seen your side; bless her, she's reprinting my absolutely favourite novel. I'm very happy...]
Hee. Early in my writing career, katallen waged a one-woman war to expunge all parentheses from my fiction.

I was young and impressionable and she nearly won. But they're making a slow and steady come back now, and I am pleased to have them in their place.
I once tried to limit myself to one em-dash per stanza. That didn't last long. My new rule is if there's more than two (or three of two are parenthetical), check whether I really want a spasmodic effect.

---L.
BTW, All the Windwracked Stars is a killer title. In case you were wondering. :D
Thank you!

It's my favorite one. *g*
Congrats on the sale!
Yay sale!

I'm writing like a bloody Brit tonight. 9 em dashes in four paragraphs.

Hee! But how many colons did you manage?

---L.
Bear,

So you know, it's nice to hear that even a professional has her low points in writing.

I've been trying to get through a bit in my novel where it seems like what I write is solidly in the "boring" area. But I've also heard that it's important to keep writing even if you think you're writing crap. I'm not sure why, though. Ever hear of that advice?

Oh, and I love the "Darling du jour." Sums up hair-care problems in the morning in 27 words. :)

Chris
It's important to keep writing even if you think you're writing crap because writers are crappy judges of their own writing.

Re: off topic

Well, my reading list is out of control, so I can't really friend people back--but I almost never post flocked anything, and anybody at all is welcome in here if they behave graciously, as I have faith you will.

Thank you for asking.
I'm writing like a bloody Brit tonight. 9 em dashes in four paragraphs. It looks like a fistfight in an Ian Banks novel in here.

Ah!!! It's a cultural thing. I was editing a one page bio of Jim Burns and after the fifth em dash I said, "What IS this!!!" And I banished half of them to comma-land and some of them to just whitespace-land.