May 31st, 2007
Six Hours and Counting…

Yep, folks, that’s all that is left on the Brenda Novak auction. It’s getting exciting now. I feel the old nerves jumping in the stomach. The sweat beginning to form on my palms. You just never know what’s going to happen, when it gets down to the wire. *g*

UPDATE: It’s over. Thank you to everyone who helped me earn $245.00 for Brenda. 🙂

Managed to get a decent amount done on edits yesterday. I was hoping to hit page one hundred, but I only made it to 67. I’ve been adding a lot of world-building items to the book. I swear world-building has taken the place of plotting for me lately. As you may remember, I had big issues with learning how to plot a year and change ago. I’m not saying that I’m now super duper at plotting, but I feel much more comfortable in my abilities these days. I wish I could say the same about world-building. Sigh. Much of my problem seems to be the fact that I keep so many details floating in my head and not on the paper. (wg) This is going to be a challenge, much like learning how to plot bigger stories. I know I will eventually get the hang of it. I always do. It just tends to take me longer.

I am discovering that churning information over a long period of time seems to be my learning style. I don’t like it, but it’s consistent. I study something and I study something, then one day it just clicks in my head and I’ve got it. I just can never tell how long it’s going to take.

I’ve realized that I have three more things that I need to get down before I feel somewhat comfortable with the whole writing process. They are description, world-building, and deeper characterization. For the writers out there, what do you think you need to work on most?

8 comments to “Six Hours and Counting…”

  1. Have you tried Holly Lisle’s worldbuilding book?

  2. May, Thank you for the suggestion. Yes, I have gone through Holly’s worldbuilding. Here’s the problem, I don’t think worldbuilding has been explained to me the right way. And what I mean by that is I haven’t had it explained in a way in which I would understand it. I ‘get’ elements of worldbuilding, but not the big picture.

  3. It’s more a process thing I’m working on, pre-building a story before I write it. I’m actually getting the hang of this now that I’m forced to work that way. *g*

  4. **For the writers out there, what do you think you need to work on most?**

    Self-discipline? 🙂 My willpower is…tenuous at best.

    I’m like you in needing to let things stew for a long time, but when it comes to word building stuff, I always think of that Hemingway quote: “I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg. There is seven-eighths of it underwater for every part that shows.”

    If nothing else, I figure it’s a way to remind myself not to bog a story down with unneeded exposition and/or details.

  5. Charli, It’s amazing what happens when you’re forced to do something. I agree with you that pre-building/writing a story makes it much easier to write the book. :0

  6. Michele, Self-discipline is a toughy. I find that as long as I get into a groove with writing, I’m fine. The second I take a chunk of time off…say a week, then I have to FIGHT to get back into the habit of writing everyday. :/ Great quote. 🙂 I can honestly say that I doubt I will EVER have to worry about having unneeded exposition in my writing. LOL! When I finish a book, it tends to be 75% dialogue and 25% action. Everything else is left blowing in the wind. *ggg*

  7. Also discipline. Working full-time, if I don’t watch tv or relax when I get home, I feel deprived and cranky. But only so many hours in the day…

    WTG on the auction, hon! 😀

  8. Raine, It’s hard to find balance. I know that I don’t have it. I spend more time working than anything else. But if TV relaxes you, then give yourself an hour and a half to watch and wind down. After that, you get to work on the writing. 😉 Thank you! I’m still stunned that the auction went so well. I never think anyone has really heard of me. Blush.