Progress the Story

0. Yeah, haven’t started yet! Hah! Well, I did but it’s been bogged down the last couple weeks. Realized I have to start from the top again. But, there was a minor breakthrough.

It’s all about this image in my head. It sort of defines the story for me, for whatever reason. I’d decided that since it was so dominant in my head then it should start off the story. What followed was not so good. Sure, the writing was focused on this scene I adore, but it wasn’t going anywhere. Or, it was but really really slowly.

Today, I’m driving in to work and thinking about it. I remember the mantra thing: progress the story. Progress the story. And it hits me: this is basically starting with what amounts to a piece torn out of the story. It’s disjointed, making for an awkward and laborious progression. I don’t have to lose the scene at all. It just needs to return to its place within the story. Why I thought it had to be at the beginning and only there is beyond me (or locked somewhere deep in a warped psyche).

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From here on out …

It’s been three years since the first post here about my intent on writing a novel. Not all wasted time, but hell if not a fair amount. Part of the problem was thematic, but more on that in the next post.

First, I want to say that from this point onward, posts will be about the novel. I’m starting it up, and intend on pushing through it steadily, even if it means a mere hundred words further. We’re good stock Mom used to tell me, and if we’re to go down, then go down fighting. So be it. I am on this. Muse be damned, I am a man at work.

Second, these posts are mostly for my own sake, a way of hanging myself out to dry when the procrastination sets in. And, when things are going well, it’ll be a way to pat myself on the back. If people are sitting in on this, well, I’m flattered–but really mostly embarrassed. Anyway, consider this blog a form of self reflection. People should feel free to comment as the mood suits them. I’ll reply as the situation warrants. I don’t remember if I did anything to moderate replies, but if so I’ll make sure to keep up to date on that. Please keep it relatively civil is all I ask.

Okay, so posts will start off with a number, which will represent the current word count for my work. Sort of a tip of the hat to C.J. Cherryh, my favorite science fiction author. After that I’ll cover where I’m at in the book, what the situation is like, and possibly anything else that comes to mind. It’s all a swirl, baby. All a swirl.