Busy week over here–work wise, anyways, hence the radio silence but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been ruminating on Achelon City or working on some small pieces of artwork. This makes me feel so accomplished. I’ve totally neglected my bullet journal but that’s another story!
So I’ve hit the point in my Ruminations that I am starting to feel the itch, the urge, the tickle to start putting words on paper. I love that feeling but have to be careful. I need to outline a little before I dive into the storytelling. I don’t do well as a Pantser. That being said, I know that this feeling means I am ready to start outlining on paper! So I’ll probably start on that next week!
For outlining I like to start with the major plot points and work down to the small details filling in the blanks as I go. I don’t know if anyone else works that way but it works for me! And to each their own!
I haven’t gotten as much down with my stationary ideas as I’d like but I’ll keep plugging away at that and let you know once I have some real progress!
Today brought more pondering and some decisions made on Achelon City–a two hour round trip drive for work helped with that! This story has three intertwining narratives that build on one another till the climax.
Luna and Spencer’s relationship. One of my podcasts I listened to today said that story is really just circumstances against which the characters evolve. Audiences really care most about the characters and their change. That really resonated with me for this story–these two are at the heart of it all and no matter what I can’t lose that.
The case they are solving.
The larger fight between the Aethril that they uncover towards the end once the case has been solved.
I think as long as I keep the characters and their changes in the forefront I can wrangle these three threads. Laying that out has helped me start to think in terms of structure which in turn will hopefully lead to an outline!
So it’s mid March and I haven’t really worked on Achelon City beyond playing some hashtag games on Twitter and rolling some ideas around in my head while driving to work. That’s creative work, I know but it’s not writing writing.
In an attempt to move forward with this project I’m going to set out a rough–very rough–timeline on what and how I would like to work on this writing project. Obviously, life and work will dictate exactly how close to this schedule I can keep but I plan on really focusing.
April: I’m going to participate in Camp Nano in my own way and get at least a basic outline written out. Since my two protagonists are following a murder case that unfolds into something bigger I have to know what the bigger story is to have the right clues to discover that bigger story.
June- August: I want to write as much as possible on a rough draft. My hope would be about halfway depending on how hard I push myself. Usually I write on my lunch break which means I get around 400-600 words a day, average, which isn’t too bad.
September-November: Keep pushing forward. Progress will really depend on what crafting projects I have for our show in December. The end of the year is always busy at work, busy at home wth holidays and such but I do still like to move forward with writing projects.
Working in theatre and event services I always kind of thrive under stress and pressure. Problem solving in a pinch is one of my favorites and swooping in and saving the day is kind of a nice feeling. This week had a LOT of things going on for a big university event and even more things go wrong providing plenty of challenges. Physically, that gets demanding even if you like those situations. (And to be clear I don’t like it when things go wrong but I like to think I’m pretty good at problem solving when it does.)
To alleviate some of the mental and physical fatigue I like to have a piece of artwork to work on when I need a few minutes of not thinking about work. I love writing but it’s easier for work thoughts to sneak in.
So without further adieu here is my piece of artwork for this hectic week.
The lighting isn’t the greatest but hopefully the colors come through. They are my favorite colors and we’re very soothing to work with. Just what I needed!
I love the text of the wood that shows through and the mixture of media was a lot of fun.
I’ve titled this The Rain Tree.
Enjoy and have a restful, restorative productive weekend!
I have a hard time paying attention at meetings unless my hand is moving. I’ve known this about myself since middle school. It’s why all my biology and history notes were surrounded by swirls and lines.
I think doing one thing can help you expand your mind in other ways. For me it helps me focus on the words being spoken.
I am a theatre artist: I do scenic design, props design, play writing and general production.
I am also TERRIBLE at reading new scripts.
The very nature of scripts mean that everything must be vague enough for a director/actor/designer to add in their own interpretation while being specific enough to tell the story. This is actually why I LOVE writing scripts as opposed to fiction. I love that challenge. However, this is also what makes it harder for me to sit down and read a script. I have to be ready to create the entire visuals of the story in my head.
So needless to say that my writing process for fiction tends to start with dialogue, then I move to physical action like an actor/director, finally I move to the scenic elements like a designer. I end up with my own little play production in my head that I then translate to words on the paper!
I had more of a point to this post–ah well, allergies have me by the throat so I’m going to go sneeze some more and chug some coffee to counteract the Benadryl! Hahaha! -.-