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January 28th, 2013

08:05 am
This right here is what happens when your outline is borked.

So, I'm on the last story of this project, the one that will finish me out. I have an outline, as I did for all the stories. The problem with this particular outline is that I didn't figure out what my Monster was before I wrote it out. I did that after the fact, when I was flailing around trying to figure out what to do Next and the Hubby helpfully said "Do this one; it'll be short."

A short outline does not necessarily correlate to a short story.

So I finally figured out what my monster was, and that... pretty much invalidated a good chunk of my outline. And now I'm back to pantsing, and I've kind of decided I hate pantsing, but it is what it is and now I have to deal.

My dilemma right now is that if I throw another try/fail cycle in here, where my protag has to fight his way out of the mound and figure out a better way of defeating the Monster (which, I at least know what that will be, go, me), the word count on this thing (which is already a ridiculous 8600) will become even more ridiculous.

But if I have him figure it out before he goes in, that almost seems... too easy, drill sergeant.

I know I always say "write the story and don't worry about the damn word count," but I kind of am worried about the word count because I don't want to close markets off. At the same time, if the story suffers because I'm writing to the market instead of to the story, that's bad too.

Argh.

And, see, the purpose of these rambly posts where I'm trying to figure out what I should do? Actually help me figure out what I should do. I started it thinking one thing, and now I've come around to the opposite conclusion. Screw the word count, write the story.

And, if the story works better the other way with the shorter word count (as it frequently does, but I'm not sure it will this time), I already know how to fix it.

12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Sun, 13:48: All right, back to it. Let's see if I can stick an END at the bottom of this story today. And then: I EDIT. #amwriting
  • Sun, 15:36: Have a snippet!… http://t.co/746swupD
  • Sun, 15:56: Since my outline is borked, I now need to decide if I have a Boss Fight or if my protag just whacks off the monster's head while it sleeps.
  • Sun, 15:57: I know which my protag would prefer. He's hurt enough as it is right now.
  • Sun, 16:23: Hubby has never heard the phrase "Don't teach your grandma to suck eggs." Is this obscure or did I just grow up in that part of the country?
  • Sun, 18:45: "Yes, there are penalties in the Pro Bowl." Heeeeeeeee.
  • Sun, 18:51: ...I'm nearly 8000 words into this damn story and have decided I hate it in present tense. So that's awesome. #headdesk
  • Sun, 22:12: Tonight's #thementalist drinkjng game very effective. I should write now. y/y?
  • Sun, 22:14: Can one get pulled over for Tweeting While Intoxicated?
  • Mon, 07:38: I have to prep my character better. That or another try/fail cycle that will boost the wordcount as to make this practically unsaleable. Ugh
  • Mon, 08:06: This right here is what happens when your outline is borked.… http://t.co/XaJricNp

09:10 pm
Convention Season!

Is upon us. I've been saving since last year for all the events I'm hitting.
  • LTUE is in Provo Feb. 14-16. Wouldn't miss that.
  • MisCon is Memorial Day weekend in Missoula, MT. Jim Butcher is the Guest of Honor. This means I'll be missing CONduit, where my pal Larry Correia is the GoH, but, sorry, Larry. Jim trumps you, this year.
  • The Writing Excuses Retreat, June 10-16. That is going to be so freaking cool.
  • Salt City Steam, July 26-28. Wouldn't miss that either, because, dude. Someday I will write an actual steampunk story and a con like that is crammed with both information and ideas.


Now, depending on funds, I may try to hit Mile Hi Con in Denver in October, or maybe even WorldCon in San Antonio in August. But that's pie-in-the-sky at this point, dependent on selling actual fiction. And while editors seem to like me, they don't like me, like me, at least not enough to throw piles of money at my head.

But. We shall see. I have a process that works now, one where I'm not flailing, one that has me producing reliable amounts of fiction.