Wednesday, April 27, 2011

500 words

Yesterday, I wrote 500 words.

It doesn't seem like much, I know, but when you take into consideration the 4+ months of 0 words total (not including some editing/rewriting of chapter one, originally written in November), this is quite a feat for me. It's helping me realize how out of practice and neglectful I've been. Not a good feeling.

But on the plus side, I'm getting excited for what this story holds. And it's really starting to take shape. Hunter and I recently discussed (at length) how our magic system works. It looks badass and unique and I feel like it really works as far as our world is concerned. I ran it by another writer-ly friend of mine while getting smoothies yesterday evening, and she loved it! So, that's encouraging. For so long, our magic system had a giant "?" hanging over it. This development is incredibly motivating.

Time to make Lindsay's life miserable (he's the main character, for those of you who don't know). Well, even more so. He did just get shot 5oo words into his narration, after all. :)

So far my prose isn't the best, but hey, that's what editing is for. Time to get rid of the inner editor and move on. Get this thing finished.

Going to try and break 1000 words today. Wish me luck!

Just an FYI, this song is gorgeous and perfect for writing to. (The whole album is, in fact. Called Person Pitch.) Check it.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

why i blame the Internet + worldbuilding pt. 1

Today was supposed to be the day I started work on re-writing Boot Hill.

However, when I got home from the day job today, I realized that this humble little blog needed some attention because it looked like, well, shit.

So, five hours later, and this is what I have to show for my time. I know, pathetic, right? But it'll be worth it in the long run! I've already given myself justification for spending so much time on it, so there's no use in trying to make me feel bad. Actually, don't try; it'll probably work.

Plus, the banner is a huge, sprawling picture of a very sad looking Finch. I love it.

On a writer-ly note, Hunter and I have been deliberating and trying to decide the actual mechanics of the magic/energy/technology systems in our world. For a while there, we just skimmed over the specifics because it didn't seem necessary (and let's just face it, I'm lazy). But as the story has progressed over the years, these specifics are becoming absolutely necessary for us to know because they're irrevocably woven into the story.

I won't lie; world building is insanely hard, and I don't care what anyone else says.

This is what angers me about folks who look down on fantasy as a genre; do they not understand that excellent fantasy writing requires a world with believable rules, one that can immerse you and runs like a well-oiled machine? Whether it's a fantastical version of our world or an entirely unique one, fantasy writers have to work extra hard to ensure that their setting is believable and engaging.

Visualizing the world of Boot Hill is easy, but when it comes to the finer details, I struggle. I always have. But I'm realizing now that I need to face this quandary head-on. Avoiding it is doing nothing but providing an excuse for me to produce no results. That's not going to fly anymore! An update forthcoming.