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I have to rewrite the beginning of a scene, and I'm going to do it in first person. I always write in third person because honestly, first person makes me vaguely uncomfortable (to write, not read). When I read the first person stuff I wrote before I switched over from INFP to INTP/J, I cringe. It seems indulgent. And this, I realize, is silly. If I want to get rid of my inability to submerge myself in a character, I need to get over myself. I love getting inside my character's heads and knowing what makes them tick, but knowing and feeling are two totally different things. The thought of putting on someone's slimy skin? >cringe< Not to mention that my ingrained sense of humility starts grinding out Catholic guilt. (I=Ego, and Ego is something you wnat to keep under control) This actually makes writing Horaci in first person a challenge, because he's so damn humble. Horaci and Ego are not on speaking terms, though in this book, they at least sit down for some tea together.*
But dammit, I'm going to do it (then change it back to third person, because I've got too many pov characters)

I've also got to make my characters more passionate. They tend to be the searching sort who really don't know what they want or where they're going, and it makes them scattered. Yes, I dreamed all this up last night after listening to [livejournal.com profile] kehrli's Nano, which features a very strong-voiced, strong-willed first person narrator who knows exactly what she wants. Passion, it's all about passion.

blah blah blah I'm going to go offline and do it.

*Oh, God. Last night at the Nano party, one of the participants, a rather protective, Christian-home-schooling mother of two other Nano-participants asked if we had excerpts up (on the Nano site or elsewhere). I do, and it involves the line "I'm going to screw your sister." (at a tea party, hence the tangent)
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OMG! I just got all symbolic with one of my minor point of view characters. Her plot arc wasn't standing well on it's own, so I just imagined her as "the pure heart of the Genarchy. (ie, my version of the Catholic Church) Fear of change holds it, but it's still decent."
Now things make a lot more sense. Don't worry, I'm not going to say she's the pure heart of the Genarchy.

w00t!

Nov. 15th, 2007 09:12 pm
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50375 / 50000 words. 101% done!

Done! At least with the official part.
Winning sentence: "Horaci approached Ishierdi, whose feet, for once, weren't on fire."

Now I can take a break and clean up my submission to the Fairwood workshop...
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Well it just happened. At 39,000 words, I hit the dreaded wall of "blah, Horaci goes to the continent." So tomorrow shall be spent wandering town, figuring out exactly what Horaci does on the continent.
nonionay: (Horaci :-()
So Nano's barrelling along nicely. I'm not sure how long it will be before I'll have the story in any sort of shape for my writing group. I'm figuring out the characters as I write, of course, which means that every now and then, my hero will go BLARGH!!! and there will be two or three thousand words of angst. It's all good angst, angst he has to deal with to heal and gain the power to defeat bad guys, but seriously, there's no break. Not to mention that I just spent a paragraph describing the trinite-trinite nature of the gods in great detail.
That said, my hero just got angry, which is something he's only done twice in my entire time writing him. yeah for no longer directing anger inwards. I need to get him a big, foamy mallet to bash the Prophet over the head with.



36889 / 50000 words. 74% done!
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Holy carp, there's some serious lesbian subtext going on. Between two decidedly straight women.
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Visual of my nano.

From the whiteboard at our Nano meetings.

The stick person with the things coming out of their head is Princess En Li, Mary Sue from beyond the sea. The black thing is supposed to be a vampire with a gun, but in truth, none of the vampires in the army have guns. Frankly, I think the muskets are so inaccurate, it would be a waste of a good superhuman. My story is closer to, vampires with minions with guns. Or even better, vampires with minions with ships with cannons.

The red one is Horaci, Official Hero, and the orange triangle-thing is Juri, Tranny-With-Fireballs, who actually rebelled against the dress after five minutes.

There also appears to be something even further in the background, I'm not sure what. Probably a lone member of the demon army, or maybe Mlohota the Green, fountain of angst and misleading foreshadowing.
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Anyone want free kiwifruit? My dad has a ginormous kiwi vine in his backyard (actually two, a boy kiwifruit and a girl kiwifruit). Anyone around Bham want some?

Oh, and in other news, I stayed up till 1:30 writing, slept four hours, dreamed about the author search, discovered myself wide awake at 5:30am, and now I'm exactly one third through Nano. However, after Juri gets turned into the Fireball Tranny, and Horaci is convinced he can't ruin the point of Book 6 by doing it himself in Book 5, I might run out of steam.

I've picked a great time to cut down on caffeinated soda, since I'm sick and will feel crappy whether or not I've got a withdrawal headache, yet am suffering a constant, caffeine-free rush thanks to Nano.

UPDATE: All kiwifruit are claimed. I'm going to ask my dad to bring even more next year
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12832 / 50000 words. 26% done!


Of course, right now I'm working straight from my outline. Eventually I'll run out of outline and descend into: [err... blah they go to the continent, maybe?]
*Looks at outline*
holy crap, I'm only a fifth of the way through my outline.
Bow, I say, bow!

Shut up, this is the one time I'm good at something. O_O
Y'all can laugh at me when I burn.

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