Friday, December 22, 2006
I have mixed feelings about the move, so much so that I'm walking around saying, "it's only for a few years, it's only for a few years......" I'll be the mad woman walking around Queensland, pushing a pram (because I'm having a baby) with two dogs, repeating this mantra out loud to myself.
Friday, October 06, 2006
I. Thou shalt think like a professional starting now.
II. Thou shalt begin and keep going till you're
Writing is rewriting. Let that give you confidence as you stumble along - you can
make it better after you finish a draft.
III. Thou shalt take your efforts and desires seriously.
IV. Thou shalt call it work.
V. Thou shalt write for yourself, not the market.
VI. Thou shalt not wait for visits from the muse.
VII. Thou shalt not ask whether you are good enough.
VIII. Thou shalt not intimidate yourself by comparing
your writing with a published and polished work.
IX. Thou shalt not worry whether your idea is new
X. Thou shalt not talk your idea away.
The words on the page will allow the reader to live your story. If you tell it to
someone the xperience will be completely different and disappointing.
XI. Thou shalt not self-censor at all during the first
XII. Thou shalt not risk writer's paralysis by looking
for the precise word or being afraid of sounding
XIII. Thou shalt not believe that if writing's hard, you must be no good.
XIV. Thou shalt not set yourself up for failure with
XV. Thou shalt not believe in writer's block.
Friday, August 18, 2006
So, now I have to go and research once again. This time I'm researching characterisation. I did a little of this well before I started to write, but obviously not enough. I'm finding it difficult to strike a balance between the research aspect of writing and the actual writing. When do you know enough is enough? It looks as though I haven't done enough, otherwise I wouldn't need to go back to the drawing board so to speak to continue with the research.
So, this week I will continue with some research. I will decide who my cast of characters will be once and for all and what part exactly they play in my murder mystery.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Something I discovered only recently, is that I can write from my head into the computer. Everything I wrote prior, was in long hand. A subject I did last semester called Electronic Writing, forced me to think differently in relation to writing. At first I found this idea really going against the grain, but over the break, I tried writing my story straight into the computer. Admittedly, there were bits and pieces that I had written in my journal and in an excercise book, specifically bought for the writing of my detective mystery. I found that I suddenly had a freedom of writing, and that my typing could keep up with the sentences coming out of my head. I didn't do my typing lessons in school in vain! So, with this tool, if you like, harnessed, I found I was able to write, add the bits and pieces from my journal, change things around, and more importantly, delete. Deleting writing is the hardest thing to do.
As the title of this post is 'writing and the order of things', I thought I would list a bit of a to-do-list. I need to research more. Not just write. Therefore, I will begin researching the following:
- Historical journals from Australia's Victorian past. Dates approximately 1850 onwards
- Old architecture in Australian rural towns
As well as the research, I need to keep writing. Otherwise I feel like I will lose the impetus of the story. That brings me to ordering my day. How to work writing around my other academic projects - that seems completely frivolous in comparison. I've struck upon the idea of writing on Saturday afternoons/evenings/nights. Unless my social life intervenes. Although, it is semester time so the social events should really be curtailed. Anyway, this seems like a good time to at least aim for. Thus, this post has now allowed me to get some sort of order in my mind in relation to my writing.
Friday, July 28, 2006
- An outline of the plot
- Profiles and brief biographies of the central characters
- A bibliography and reference list of works consulted for the research of this novel
- The first chapter as a final draft, or as near to it
My experience of this project will be documented on my weblog, http://scribeswindow.blogspot.com
My hope is that the above will give a good framework to continue the novel to completion.