Day 8 – A Room with a View

I’ve switched gears nicely I think, combining a nice bit of narrative with a good amount of dialogue. I managed to keep the same voice going, and I’m still liking the style, so that’s a good thing. It is a more natural way for me to write, I think, except that I’m not entirely convinced that it conveys the meaning that I want it too. I still have to work on beefing up some of the details — the style needs a bit more refining, I guess is what I’m saying. But that will come as I keep banging away.

Bit of a long scene again today — I’m actually not even finished with it yet. The plot still hasn’t moved a whole lot, though tomorrow it will certainly pick up when the protaganist realizes a very major error that he’s made. I think I’m still trying to feel out the two main characters, get their relationship down and their own peculiar ways. The difficulty is that I need to subtly show that these guys have known each other for a long time, but still let them have their own voices. Which is particularly difficult when I’m still learning my own narrative voice. So writing long scenes, I think, is actually a benefit at this point. Gives me some room to grow.

Got a mention on Terry Fallis’s website today, which I was thrilled about. I’m almost finished his first book actually — I’ll go into it a bit when I’m done. Another fellow blogger and online friend Kelly Erickson just announced today that she’s released her first book. I’ve already bought and downloaded it (it’s an ebook), and it’s in my reading line.

Another thing to share with you — my sister put me onto this event, I guess you could call it, called The Novel: Live! (http://www.thenovellive.org/) Six days, 36 authors, and one blockbuster novel is how they put it. What is really interesting is that you’ll be able to watch the writers write. Shades of my first post talking about the Monty Python sketch. At first blush, I’d say there are some pretty obvious reasons why there isn’t a prime time TV show called “So You Think You Can Write?”, but I’ll reserve full judgement until I see it.

(Actually, I’m personally very interested. I just can’t see it being that big of a hit with non-writers. But then this is coming from a guy who is blogging about writing, so take it all with a grain of salt, I s’pose…)

Anyway, before I run the risk of rambling, I’ll stop.

~Graham

(Novel Writing Totals)

Hours Today: 1
Words Today: 1,388
Hours Total: 8
Words Total: 11,851

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4 Responses to Day 8 – A Room with a View

  1. Kelly says:

    Graham,

    Thanks for the mention! I love the video for The Novel Live—the interviewee says she’s excited about the event because she’s heard there are only two plots in the world… “A man rides into town…” and “A man rides out of town…” That cracked me up, and if it’s true I’d better leave the one I have hiding in a drawer *in* its drawer forever, because I don’t think it’s either.

    The neat thing about the long scenes is the characters get to talk to you for a while as well as to each other. Later you cut it down if it’s too much, or move sections to other parts of the book, but I’d say blabbing on even a little too long is good at the start. Keep it up!

    Regards,

    Kelly
    Kelly’s most recent blog post: Inspiration Points- Trees Don’t Grow to the Sky…

  2. Graham says:

    Well, if it ever does see the light again, it will make a great story: “A novel comes out of drawer…”

    When I hear people say stuff like that, it makes me realize how irrelevant plot is. I mean yes, it’s crucial to the story. But it is kind of like framing a house. You could use standard 2x4s, or you could use spun gold. Either way, it’s going to be covered up with drywall, so it doesn’t much matter.

    It’s the theme and — probably most importantly — the characterization that really makes the book. And you’re right, that’s where letting your mind (and fingers) wander too long really helps in the long run.

    Thanks for the encouragement!

    ~Graham

  3. Miles Depree says:

    You might under no circumstances know what final results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no end result

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