Cold Mac & Cheese and other musings

October 25, 2010

Countdown to NaNoWriMo 2010!

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Well, the outline is about as done as I want it to be. I have the basic premise of the story. Still not sure exactly how it will end, though. There is a famous (read: published) author out there that was once asked if he ever used an outline and his reply was something akin to “No, if I don’t know where the novel is going, the reader won’t either, which will make them want to keep reading…” A big paraphrase, but you get the point. My ending will present itself when the time is right…hopefully.

This story will be written using a dual storyline format. I have not tried this technique before, but it holds promise for this particular style of story. Basically, this entails one chapter in “present time” and the next chapter in “flashback.” The idea is that at the end, the last flashback chapter will end where the first “present time” chapter starts.

The subject? Here’s a one-sentence synopsis:

“A fortune teller comes to the aid of a fledgling private detective who has discovered deception, double-crosses and murder on his first case.”

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October 12, 2010

NaNoWriMo approacheth….

Filed under: Creative Writing,Fiction — D.J. Lutz @ 11:45 pm
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50,000 words in 30 days? Who is stupid enough to try that?

Me. Maybe I’ll have a coherent novel at the end this time. Yes, I have tried this before…

At least this year I already have characters, a plot and (soon) possibly an outline.

I better get more coffee.

And some wine.

October 10, 2010

Time to get writing again…

Filed under: Fiction — D.J. Lutz @ 7:56 pm
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If you look to the right, you will see “pages” listed. There I store my completed stories (although there is one poem from Cat, too.) Are they ready for publishing? No, not really. They are good stories but they ramble at times, sometimes they get off topic, most often they are just plain disjointed and lack good character development.

But they serve a purpose. No one, at least I don’t think, starts out writing the perfect novel on their first try. Why would I be any different? I keep the stories for two reasons: one is that they are, even with their faults, decent stories and maybe I can rewrite them someday and two, there are some people that actually like them. Finally (did I mention I have trouble counting?) I hope to someday look back on these stories in a way that allows me to say “Gee, look how much better I am now!” Wishful thinking, perhaps…

So now I am starting a new story. Instead of serializing it, I am writing it off-line. I will post weekly to update my progress and to chronicle how the writing has been going. Kinda a “see, you aren’t the only one having those writer’s block problems!”

This week’s goal: identify main characters (give them names, too) and come up with the overall story premise.

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