The book is dragging on by knuckle skin and tendon splinters. 63,000 words or something; it’s not about the words anymore (it was never about the words). I have three important topics to cover. The editing, the contest and the future. Let us start with the start.
I’ve never edited anything for this long (and I trained as a video editor). The book has lost all meaning and I have been bored of several chapters several times over. I’ve taken the obligatory ‘month off’ to recoup and re-evaluate. It did help but only felt like a temporary fix.
My outlook has changed now Another friend has offered to help and they happen to be someone who is critical. It feels a good time to seek advice and my writing is benefiting from this approach. My first ten chapters have never been better. Some chapters have been moved and the whole text flows a lot more than it has ever done. It’s starting to make sense and it doesn’t need me constantly chiming in with exposition–because it’s all in the blood text! To create a science fiction world isn’t just about ideas, you need to really sell it as a genuine situation.
And then bam, I realised that I’m enjoying working on my book again.
So that ends this post, I’ll post about the contest tomorrow (If I remember).
Pinning down genre is a tricky thing. I always assumed what I was writing was a Science Fiction novel. It’s set in space, there are ships that travel faster than light and new planets have been colonized. However I’m not writing another Star Trek/Wars/Gate. I enjoy that genre but I’ve always found it to be riddled with accepted cliches. Some good and some bad, never the less baggage of the genre.
My story focuses on corporations, the fight between exploitation and utilising the population. In many ways it’s a warped reflection on the current state of the world (especially the UK). The fact it’s set on different worlds and in space isn’t the main focus of the plot. The characters in my book find being in space a bit mundane. Of course there is a risk of alienating the reader, however I have certain elements to keep the characters relatable.
Then the dark comedy rears it’s head, making deciding the genre even harder. I begin to wonder if I need a genre, which I always answer in my head with ‘of course you do’. So I dip back to the drawing board and begin to look at Spy-Fi (awful name), Thriller, Mystery and Action. I always end up feeling that my book has these, or elements of them. Surely my book can’t be everything? So I’m back to Science Fiction. I’m not sure if there is a relevant genre, I guess I will have to wait for a few friends to read it to see what they think fits.
Book wise I’ve just hit 60k words, which isn’t bad. I’m just focusing on getting words down (I’ve already got a plan and know what I want to happen). I’m struggling getting the enthusiasm to write the last few pieces. I’m pretty sure it’s a mix of feeling my work is inadequate and the limited joy of writing the end of a story.
Till next time,
I’m very much in the mindset of ‘if you can control your negative thoughts then you can control your actions’.
A great example of this is previously I always struggled with writing in afternoons. I’d tell myself that I could only write in the morning or evenings; the afternoon was a strange time usually filled with game of thrones or chores (the former is more prevalent).
Then I looked at how I worked in a different mindset. That everything I did was self created. I wasn’t coming up against a writer’s block, but a writer’s dam. A self created construct that I can destroy whenever I feel like it.
This has empowered me to the point that I can write in a spare half an hour or even the afternoon. What was once a flaw became something I could defeat, and it made me excited to write.
I suggest next time you are faced with writer’s block is to understand that it is only a mental construct. You have the power to knock down the dam at any time if you bring enough imaginary gunpowder! (or, for the more peaceful folks, maybe have a protest to get the dam closed down? I’m sure someone could come up with a creative way to render a dam unusable).
On the topic of my book, I hit 50,000 words today! Chapter 11 is coming along nicely and I’m deciding how many more I’m looking to write.
Till next time,