Headphones was an experiment, a story written in "snapshots", a serial, a comic in word form-- call it what you will. It ran for one year plus one day-- January 1st of 2015 to January 1st of 2016. It was the story of a group of friends who took in a damaged girl and helped her find herself. But on the way, she helped them fill the holes in their own lives. I've pulled it now with the hopes of rewriting it into a book. Each day was matched with a music video and each month's mixes are still here. So if you've stumbled in, enjoy the music, and hopefully I'll be able to post updates occasionally!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

"Like Cracks In The Sidewalk" Diary

   In my head, I always give the different plot-points a title, just so I can keep it all straight. I plot very loosely because my stories are always so organic. No matter what idea I start with, once I start typing, things can easily change. So, while plotting Cracks, I had "Introduction", "First night" and then "Stay". I'm almost to "Stay". I started working on this seriously in the middle of August, so it's been two months. I wish I was a faster writer, I wish I had more time. Too often it's a half-hour in the morning, another half-hour in the evening. There are days I can measure by paragraphs, not pages. That being said, I'm over 33,000 words now. And that's the thing. My goal was 60,000 words, and I'm past the half way point, so it should be a reason to celebrate. Except, it seems to me that the first two sections have run over-long. This point is still early in James and Val's story. I'm going to push on and see what happens. Maybe I'll tell the rest of the story in 30,000 words, or maybe it'll run to 80,000. Maybe the narrative is running too sluggishly and I'll have to cut parts (my fear, actually)... or maybe not. I had planned on doing the November Writers Challenge (NaNoWriMo) and work on another story I have in my head, but I don't want to lose the rhythm of this one, so I think I'll use it for the challenge. Fingers crossed, I'll get the first draft done by the end of next month and then have December to edit!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

"Like Cracks In The Sidewalk" Quick Update

       Okay, it's still a working title. So, anyway, I've passed the 21000 word mark. Part of me feels it's moving too slowly, that the story should be further along at this point, but maybe it's not. I wish I was one of those writers that can go stream-of-conscious through the first draft and then edit. But I can't. I self-edit as I go. Each sentence is like Dumbledore pulling memories out of his head to put into the pensive. They're all fragile and have to be pulled out gently. I kind of want to print out what I have and read it all in one sitting, see if it feels cohesive before I move on to the next part, but then I think of all the paper and ink I'll have to use. Well, maybe another round of edits, then a quick print, and see where I end up.
        I'm starting to get more comfortable with the first-person perspective, although I've got the feeling the biggest part of editing is going to involve cutting down on the use of "I". How do some people make it look so effortless? I keep reminding myself that that's an illusion. I follow enough authors on Twitter to know they all struggle! Which I admit, I find assuring!