Re: Contemplations Today I realized something that really should have been obvious. I am actually writing a novel! That means I can take space to tell the story without the "time constraints" I am under when preaching or when speaking in public.
See how dense I was? It took me three months before I felt comfortable with constructing short scenes that take space to write!
Re: Contemplations Weird, all I get when looking at that page is the background... Tried it in Chrome, FireFox, and Opera...
I am getting more nervous the closer I get to the spaceships arrival to where my characters are headed. It is a major event, almost like "part 2" in many respects. Is this normal or is this just "new writer jitters?"
Weird, all I get when looking at that page is the background... Tried it in Chrome, FireFox, and Opera..."
That's strange. It worked for me when I posted the link.
Anyhoo. It's just a blog post about writing by dictating into a recorder while hiking. Both Kevin Anderson and his wife record their stories and hire a typist to turn it into print. I don't know about Kevin, but his wife has problems with her wrists and is unable to write by hand for very long before it becomes painful.
There's another author who also dictates her stories onto her computer with a software that turns spoken words into print. Either she, or another author also uses this software to turn digital recordings into print as well.
Re: Contemplations I am starting to see one way in which "Prologues" come about in longer stories. There are small tidbits in a story that you are not aware of until after you get into the writing of it. So the "Prologue" takes over the first chapter slot as the most logical way of introducing the reader to those tidbits you discover along the way... At least, that is what is happening to me with the TABA story. It is too soon for me to actually write it out but I can feel it solidifying in my mind as a "must do" thing later on...
Re: Contemplations I believe it's dangerous to put non-exciting stuff into a prologue. Since this is what readers see first, especially with the "Look Inside" function on Amazon, such a prologue can hurt your sales.
I love mentioning backstory (which you describe) in bits and pieces in the story itself. As a reader, I love discovering those while the story unfolds, and I can imagine others do, as well.
One book where the author does this masterfully is "Transformation" by Carol Berg. The MC is a slave, and you only gradually find out about his life, his family and his very important duties before he was turned into a slave - because he himself is trying hard not to remember. It works very well for that story.
Re: Contemplations I think it will be exciting, Leonard is a crazy kinda pilot who loves to show off so his introduction will be kinda scary in a fun way.
I am having trouble with the sheer scope of the disaster involved. My ship design has a 100-bed hospital in the Life Sciences section but the number of injuries is 570 which is way over the hospital's design parameters and in Space, there is no way to get additional help. Especially under the scenario, I have created for my story...
Re: Contemplations I don't watch TV much anymore. If I had to guess I would say less than three hours a week most of the time. I am doing small scenes that give a hint of what everyone is going through without using too much detail (primarily because I do not want to keep getting bogged down on research). It's hard enough when you know what to say but you don't know how to spell it!
Tonight for example:
“I want his kiss, I’ll always want it. Please don’t mmph!” Mona was cut off as Cindy took her face in both hands and kissed her.
See that onomatopoeia word "mmph!" in the sentence? It is intended to express the sound of a person receiving an unexpected kiss, the muffled exclamation of surprise. It took me almost an hour to find a spelling my online dictionaries agreed with and I still don't know for sure if what I found describes what I want it to describe...
Re: Contemplations Wondering about body descriptions. I mean, really, if the girl has a nice figure or the boy has a nice build is it really necessary to write out the characters bra size or just how tight the characters buttocks are?
Re: Contemplations I tend to lean towards little description. In fact, I often forget to add hair and eye color for my own characters... readers have complained about that.
On the other hand, I find lengthy descriptions horrible. They break the flow of the stor for me. And I honestly don't really care whether a princess' dress is suede, silk or taffeta. What matters to me is the effect of her dress on her audience, if that.
Which means that the feelings and opinions of a character's physical shape to the PoV character of the chapter matter. If a man reacts to the body of a woman, bra size is useless. But if he thinks she has awesome boobs - well, that works, and it also characterizes the PoV character in turn. (And it leaves the reader to imagine exactly the kind of boobs he or she would think are awesome. Ahem.)
Re: Contemplations That's what I am working out in my head. The story I am working on is not erotica but the characters do have lives so some scenes do mention attractions towards others. James wants to go slow, Mona wants to hurry, Kay has frustrations and on and on and on... I had this vision of trying to describe all of the characters in the story and the thought of trying to paint the exact picture of what each of them looks like was/is daunting!
The scene with Julianne and Leonard is a perfect case in point. I didn't want erotica but they are both naked in the scene which invites a very personal description. I decided that wasn't going to happen but being a guy I have to confess that the temptation was there...
Re: Contemplations I used words which were not explicit in nature unless you call the word "naked" explicit. The scene was more of a couple comforting each other as they washed away the tension, fear, and that awful sweaty smell from extended periods of intense exertion.
Today the scene for the ship's arrival crystalized for me and that caused me to make a choice between a bunch of mini-scenes showing what was going on with everyone or just leaving it at the two scenes I had already done and go with the arrival. I think the second choice was the correct one as it also opens the scene and circumstances that give Leonard the honor of naming the star they have arrived at.
Re: Contemplations I well and truly think my original story vision has been hijacked by a couple of my characters!
The quartet was supposed to be background characters in my original vision but apparently, they are closer to being the main characters. I fought this for all of January but they keep popping up at key points!
The shower scene came up again when I ran a "Grammarly" check on it. I was using three words in the scene which the program said might cause some confusion so I reworked those points to clear up any confusion on the reader's part. I thought everything was pretty clear myself but I have to admit that the reworked paragraph does read better...
Re: Contemplations I wonder why this is... Each time I need to add some tidbit of science to my story it seems to create a stutter on my story writing. By stutter, I mean each science element added takes awhile to absorb and makes it more difficult to continue writing. The stutter goes away once I manage to add words to the story but it is strange that it happens at all...