WiP Wednesday 6/29 — June 29, 2011

WiP Wednesday 6/29

Yay for progress update day!

Short story:
FINISHED!  As of yesterday, this story is done.  I’m still undecided as to whether I’ll attempt to get this one published.  It ended up being just over 13K.  Wordy for a short story, yes, but that’s how all of mine seem to go.

YA fantasy:
I finished chapter 4.  But haven’t written past there yet.  I focused heavily on the short story this week because I wanted to get it done so the creative energy could be concentrated on the YA.  I discovered during the process of writing that story that I can’t have two first drafts going at the same time.  It just doesn’t work.

Lodestar:
Still sitting, waiting for revisions.  Which will start probably in the next week or so.  Just to prove to myself I’m able to revise and draft at the same time.  (Preparing for the eventual day when I hope to be writing under contract.)

How are your WiPs going?

And, please, if you missed yesterday’s post on the Stories for Sendai Anthology blog tour, read it and put this anthology on your buy list.  All proceeds are going to aid survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan back in March.

WiP Wednesday 6/22 — June 22, 2011

WiP Wednesday 6/22

Let’s see.  Where should I begin.

Lodestar is still sitting pretty waiting to be revised.  I have excellent (at least I think they are) ideas for where to go from here.  I’m eager to jump back into the revising ring.

My YA high fantasy is trucking along.  I’m in chapter 4 and and it’s going remarkably smooth.  The plot is still throwing some surprises my way, which is entertaining.  (Mostly it’s character stuff that’s cropping up but those character things are having some impact on events of the plot and how things unfold.)

Over the weekend I had a couple of scenes from a brand new story pestering me so I started writing it.  This one’s just a short story.  I’ll probably cap it somewhere in the 8K-10K mark.  Currently it is titled Blood Blessed though that might change after I finish the story.  (I just needed a placeholder since I already have a story on my hard drive named “New story.”)

How are your WiPs going?

Experimentation — March 22, 2011

Experimentation

I write fantasy.  It’s as pure and simple as that.  I haven’t been working on When the Star Fell at all in the last week.  I’m a bad ninja for it, I know.

But I have been writing.  And I’ve been writing romance.  There’s this short story that’s been sitting on my computer for a couple of years.  Maybe even longer.  I tinker with it from time to time.  Once I even deleted everything but the first paragraph and started over.

This is a very experimental piece for me.  I’ve written a novel that was romance, but not really.  Very close 3rd POV but never the guy’s perspective.  All from her POV.  The fact that it was pretty much straight up romance without any sort of plot beyond getting those two together was an experiment for me.

I like me some action, something going on besides the budding feelings of attraction.  (One major reason I left every Twilight book so utterly disappointed.  There was all this buildup and then the action was glossed over in a paragraph or two.)

Maybe that’s why the idea of reading romantic suspense pulls at me.  But I don’t want to end up reading something totally blush-inducing because I’m branching out or anything like that so I’ve been staying away since reading my first romance novels.

Now I’m experimenting again.  This short story that’s romance?  Instead of my usual (and the standard) 3rd person POV, I’m writing in first.  I’m writing two first person POVs, the MMC and FMC.  I’m liking the FMC’s voice a lot more right now than the MMC’s, but I think it’s because I originally set out to tell the story from only her perspective.  Then he just sort of stepped up, grabbed the microphone, and just took over.  His parts aren’t as long as the FMC’s yet, but that could just be because he’s got a secret that he’s hinting at but if we stay too long in his head we might find it before he’s ready to tell it.

So, yeah, experimenting is fun.  I’m writing this just for me.  Maybe I’d try to get it pubbed someday, but for now it’s just for me.

And I’m enjoying it immensely.  I’d struggled to get this story off the ground until a couple of days ago and the story took this new direction.

WiP Wednesdays 9/1 — September 1, 2010

WiP Wednesdays 9/1

Not much progress to report for the week.  I’m in a little bit of a lull and it’s actually rather nice.  I may have to take a bit of a break from writing period as school starts up in earnest next week.  I’m looking forward to school, though I know it will be an insane amount of work.  I have orientation this weekend so I’m taking Friday off from blogging.

On to the updates!

Lodestar is resting nicely in my hard drive.  I think the time away from the manuscript will be good for both me and the story.  I’m looking forward to the day that I revise some more, but for now I know my focus needs to be elsewhere.

I added a little, very ambiguous, blurb to the “Writing” page here on the blog.  With some expansion it could totally turn into the query for this book.

Jason McDaniels… is still in world-building mode.  I’m starting to doubt whether this is the sort of book I should write.  It’s drastically different from anything else I’ve written.  (Much of which is drastically different project to project.)

But I think it’s too much of a departure.  There’s nowhere it would fit in.  The stuff that I’ve written that actually stands a chance of ever seeing the light of a bookstore shelf (read: Lodestar) is fantasy.  Jason’s book is about as not-fantasy as you can get, short of memoir or biography.

Clockworks and Cogs is still sitting there.  It’s being very patient, but definitely still wants to become a full-fledged novel.  And I will probably indulge it one day soon.  It’s less of a departure from Lodestar and would be more compatible in the grander scheme of what I hope is to come.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesdays 8/25 — August 25, 2010

WiP Wednesdays 8/25

Wow, what a week.

First, who switched my muse with that of a YA writer’s?  Seriously.  The adventure novel I’m world-building on is pestering me to become YA.  It wouldn’t take a ton of work because the MC is already 18.  I could probably make him younger with little effort.  And the short story that I wrote, well  I think the MC is around 16/17.  I never really thought about it.

Second, I’ve been really scooting along on my Lodestar outline.  It’s going so much faster and so much smoother than my last outline.

There are lots of places I can see to cut.  And that leaves me lots of wiggle room to incorporate the feedback I’ve been getting.  (And that I’m still waiting for from my brother.  This beta process is agonizingly slow.)

There are places where I might need to consider a serious plot restructure.  But I’ll leave that until after all the feedback is in.

Next up is my adventure novel.  Which I’m considering looking at ways to make it be YA.  I’ve been doing a lot of world-building work on it.  It’s set partly at a university.  In order to get the exact details I needed, I had to go ahead and create my own fictional one.  Which was a fun challenge in and of itself.

I even got to draw the map of campus.  That was interesting.  I do so much better drawing when I can do straight lines and sharp angles.  Give me anything else (like a circle) and I fail with great finesse.

There’s a certain building on campus that is central to the mythology and plot of all three books in the series.  I drew its front elevation.  (Not as bad a failure as I thought it would turn out.)  Then I mapped all its various levels.

I still have to write out the history that I need for this novel.  Then it’s on to character bios.

After that, massive amounts of research.  Mostly Bible research.  But lots of it.

And some research into Norse mythology, Japanese mythology, and their respective cultures so that I can outline/plot books 2 and 3.  I definitely see a trilogy, but only in the sense that they’re all connected by having the same MC.  There would be an overall character arc, but each book would be self-contained with its own plot and mini-arc.

Lastly is the short story that I wrote a while ago.  Clockworks and Cogs, as it’s loosely titled, is still pestering me to be turned into a novel.  I’ve partly indulged the story by giving it its own project binder.  (I’ll blog about project binders tomorrow.)

I enjoy the story thoroughly.  The MC has to make a very serious choice at the end and I think that a novel would be a great place to explore what leads to that choice.  And I think my characters deserve more than 30 pages to have their story told in its best capacity.

How are your WiPs going?

WiP Wednesdays 8/18 — August 18, 2010

WiP Wednesdays 8/18

What a week!

Project #1: The top secret project

Finished the outline!  At last!  (Now you won’t have to put up with my whinging on Twitter over it.)

Upon finishing the outline I sent it off to Fed Ex Office to be printed, bound and all that jazz.  It’s got a spiffy cover and is all colorful inside now.  (On the first 14 pages, anyway.)

I’ve started going through it and cutting scenes that mean nothing.  They’re needless fluff.  Why they were there in the first place is beyond me.  I’ve got 6 different colors of highlighter and I’m putting them to good use in the outline.  Thankfully I had the foresight to put together a key for which color is what sort of thing because I forget quite easily.

Project #2: The adventure novel

World-building.  This is my mot favorite part of writing a book.  At this point, just about anything goes.  I can follow my freewheeling thoughts along each path they take and find some way of making the randomness into a cohesive whole.

I love discovering the world my story will take place in.  I try to leave some bits fluid and changeable so that I can adapt as the story takes me to places I never imagined.  But this is definitely the scaffolding I build everything on.

Project #3: The short story

I love this short story.  It’s a lot longer than I set out to make it, but I’ll take it in exchange for my muse taking up permanent residence in my apartment for the remainder of my time here.  And it’s clamoring to become a novel.  But I’m putting that aside for now.  If in a few months the characters and their story are still with me, I’ll consider it.

How are your WiPs going?