Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Writing Fiction

Finally, I'm writing again. I've not written any fiction, or rather, I've not worked on anything serious, in about four months. I've fooled around with some stories, but ever since I decided to shelve the recent WIP, I've been spending a lot of time doing research. The new story has some major plot elements that I knew nothing useful about. I've been researching how our Port Authority works, and I'm starting to look into Asian business culture, particularly South Korea. I don't have to become an expert on these matters, but I have to know enough to write with realistic detail where it's needed for the scenes and to give verisimilitude to the plot.

I've had plenty of time in the last four months to plot and scheme and develop characters. Seven hours of highway time once a week was great for playing around with ideas, working them through, scribbling them onto a notepad as I barreled down the highway at 80 mph.

Now that I'm actually writing, starting out on a new story that will hopefully be around 80K words when finished, it feels like sitting down to dinner with an old friend that you haven't seen in too long.

How you doing, Blank Page? Let's reacquaint ourselves.

I don't know yet if I'm starting at the beginning of the story or not, I'm not worried about that right now. I've got a destination in mind this time, and I'll enjoy the journey. I'm sure it will take me to some unexpected places, and I'm looking forward to it. I love the journey. My last WIP didn't wind up anyplace exciting, but the journey was worthwhile and certainly I developed my skills. Writing in first person POV was an interesting excercise, though I'm writing this one in close third. Third gives the opportunity to develop tension in different ways. I think it will work better for this story. It will have a thriller edge to it, though it's still a quest-type mystery.

I read one of Jason Pinter's novels recently, The Stolen, his third one, I believe. I haven't read the first two, so I don't know if they're written in the same style, but he alternates between first person POV for his MC, and third person for other people. It was effective in that it allowed him to develop tension by letting the reader in on what the other characters were doing while keeping the MC in the dark. I've thought about doing this, but I was afraid it might be viewed by editors as a cheap way to create tension, kind of cheating, in a sense. Shows what I know. Pinter got away with it, so I guess it's a legitimate strategy.

If you want some exciting news, check out Stuart Neville's blog here Conduit. What an exciting adventure Stuart is living right now. It gives hope to all of us.


At 5:40 PM , Blogger Robin S. said...

Hey you! I checked every once in a while to see if you'd put up a new post.

Sounds like you're doing fine!

(But apparently you don't read your emails!)

At 6:45 PM , Blogger Robin S. said...

PS, Wood - I memed you.

At 9:09 PM , Blogger GutterBall said...

It's good to write again after an absence, isn't it? Feels like giving an old friend a warm handshake. Like finding the wardrobe again, even though you might also find the witch without catching a glimpse of the lion.

I'm glad to hear from you again, WW. *hugs*

At 4:59 PM , Blogger Robin S. said...

Wood- where are you?

I memed you, and EE put one of your old New Beginnings on his movie last weekend!

At 4:37 PM , Blogger Wonderwood said...

Heeeeeyyyyy Rob! Sorry, I've been sort of lurking around but keeping a low profile. Lots of stuff going on, and kind of in limbo at the moment. It's a weird place to be. It bodes well, though, just have to get through the next week and I'll be good to go. Thanks for the call, we'll catch up tomorrow hopefully.

Hiya GeeBee! Yes, it's good to get back to the pages. And it's always good to hear from you. *hugs back*


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