There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein. ~Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith
Don't be too harsh to these poems until they're typed. I always think typescript lends some sort of certainty: at least, if the things are bad then, they appear to be bad with conviction. ~Dylan Thomas, letter to Vernon Watkins, March 1938
Starting a novel is hard. Luckily, Nathan Bransford has tackled the topic here and once a blogger has written about something it magically becomes easier. Right?
OK, not so much. But it's still a good post.
I read through it with some trepidation. My current project started out as pure fun (inspired by a notebook, would you believe) and now I'm working on it seriously. I expected to fail every test but was pleasantly surprised.
- The Main Plot Arc - Yes, I have one. Which is a relief. You may laugh but while my last book had one, you had to dig for it.
- Obstacles of Increasing Intensity, With Ups and Downs - Further sigh of relief. My protagonist would hate me if he were real, but at least Nathan and I agree.
- Protagonist - Yep. I have one and he wants stuff. Check.
- Setting - FECK! I was doing so well! My setting is all over the place - it has kind of been tacked on as it was needed. Imagine a very modern and experimental stage production with a poor stagehand running around behind the actors tacking up green felt to denote a forest and blue wallpaper to denote a drawing room. Needs work.
- Style and Voice - Has undergone one major change. Needs work.
- The Climax - Hasn't happened yet, please check back.
And since I brought the subject up - anyone have any other good writing quotes they like?