August 17th, 2005

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No words today

No words today yet, though I might try to scribble a few by hand while I supervise the cooking. Or I could even take the laptop down to the kitchen.

What I have done today is move furniture around and put things away and empty the suitcases that hadn't been completely emptied from G's trip to Bristol and my trip to Glasgow for the Worldcon.

Elsewhere on LiveJournal, however, people like matociquala are writing interesting and thoughtful things about the craft of writing.

I think it's probably true that every writer starts with one thing that they can do right off. I suppose there might be writers who had to painstakingly learn everything, but I know that I'd have never started if that had been the case for me. Also, that is an excellent point that writers who sell are doing things right, even if they're not doing everything right.

matociquala said:

I got characters for free. I earned pathos next. Grounding detail. Then I learned how to plot. Theme after that. Then voice. Started selling stories about then. What's that, six?

Worldbuilding... um... still working on that one. Sentences too. Getting better at sentences. Worldbuilding. Heck. This is complicated by the fact that "you can't cut one clean." Like a cobweb, every thread affects the shape of every other thread. Cut one, they all shiver.

Interestingly, that's more or less the order I got things in too. Mine went: character (which was also my free gift), plot, dialogue, grounding detail, POV, voice.

I think I now have a grasp of structure and finally theme and I think my sentence level writing is better now and the prose richer.

The one that I need to work on is worldbuilding.
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Writing progress

Words today: 465
Words in Chapter 18: 2915
Words total: 78,135
Reason for stopping: Dinner is almost ready.

Most of today was spent dragging settees around. The saggy one from the conservatory is now in the garage, awaiting the bulky rubbish collection. The futon that was in the spare bedroom is now in the conservatory, leaving a space for the futon that is currently our bed, which will be moved into the spare bedroom once we buy our new bedroom furniture. I also weeded out the tufts of grass that were growing up through the wood chippings around and under the picnic table.

I was then so tired (I'd also spent yesterday moving all our bedroom furniture around and cleaning out all the dust and cobwebs that moving said furniture revealed.) that I spent several hours just reclining and reading the Anthony Trollope book that is my current reading.

But I did take the laptop down to the kitchen and I did manage to write a bit whilst monitoring the progress of the dinner.

I really am on the final straight now . With luck, the mountain moves tomorrow. *g*
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