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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Where I've Been

I'm sorry for the lack of posts lately. I've had a few things I've wanted to write about but I have had a hard enough time staying on track with my "National Novel Writing" goals that I didn't feel I could set aside extra time for blogging. I started out being ahead of schedule, my word counts always above the daily goal, but then over Thanksgiving week we had family in town and I was only able to scrape out a couple of hundred words a day at times, well under the 1,600 words a day you need to average to complete your project on schedule. Now, with a basically only two days left, I am a little under 2000 words short of my 50k word goal. The story is ending and I think the two remaining scenes I have left to write will end up getting me to the goal.



I guess being a product of the plugged in late 20th early 21st centuries, I tend to think in terms of scenes rather than chapters or whatever. I have divided up my novel in my head into various scenes each of which has to accomplish something, be it as minor as a conversation or as major as a character death. I also almost always switch points of view from scene to scene. I have written one or two pieces where everything is from the point of view of a single character, but I don't prefer to write that way. Honestly, if I had my druthers, there wouldn't be a point of view so much as an omniscient story teller who sees what everyone is thinking or feeling, but I have was told at one point that I don't write well that way and it kind of stuck with me. It is sort of limiting, having a character telling the story. You don't get to know what is going on in more than one character's head at a time, for instance. It does keep one from emoting too long on feelings which is something I tended to do far too often as a teenage writer. My characters would sit analyzing things in their heads for ages rather than just getting out and doing something.

Anyway, for the most part I am happy with my novel. I did decide that my ending would leave certain things un-settled and open for a sequel (I like trilogies. Everyone loves trilogies, right?), which means I will eventually have to write another story with the same characters. I have the next two installments minimally planned out in my head. I know how they will end, at least, even if I am not sure exactly what steps my characters will take to get themselves to those points.

Also I recently ran out of free storage space for my blog images, which sucks. I can buy more, but I don't particularly care to, so we will see what I figure out. Does anyone have any experience with image hosting? Is the best deal to buy through google? Let me know what you do and how you do it! I'm still very much a beginner at this blog stuff.






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