Long time no post

So, it’s been a while.  I know you think I’m slacking, Merrilee!  I’ve mainly been working, and attempting to keep up with my little two year old!  As far as the new book goes… I haven’t finished it yet.  In a way, I’m a little afraid of the work that has to be put into it after completion.  Not that I’m too prideful to make revisions and alterations to particular sections of the novel, trust me, that’s not it.  It’s understanding and coming to terms with the fact that my book, personally, will no longer be a story but a product.  Sigh.

I wonder, what are your thoughts??

About 98% of what we know is about 2% of the universe.  One of the most intriguing scientific problems right now is dark matter.  In Santa Barbara, an astrophysicist says that they are building a global network of telescopes to study supernovae, and to find extrasolar planets.  Being an author of science fiction, the possibilities never cease to astound me.  Sure, when compared to much of science, much of what is written could be considered implausable.  Director James Cameron says: “but you know science fiction is kind of the opposite of science.  In science you start with the facts and figure out the story, but in science fiction you start with the story and then fill in the science…”  I’m in the business of telling stories, and therefore not all of what I write can be considered scientifically possible.  However, being aware of discoveries generates a basis for telling an intriguing story, or developing and modifying the things in which science has already created.

Star Wars depicts ships exploding in balls of fire in space.  Fire needs oxygen.  But who cares?  What would a dramatic dog fight in the far reaches space be without cool explosions or laser blasts?  It simply adds something relevant to what we are familiar with on Earth.  Does it enhance the dramatic effect of a sequence, or hinder it?  The answer to that question may reside in the sales of the movie, being the fourth highest grossing film of all time.  Interstellar warfare certainly sells.  What are your thoughts on this?

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11 thoughts on “Long time no post

  1. Does this mean we’ll see you more often now? It’s nice to see you about!

    I think with any genre of writing, story has to come first, and if something is going to enhance the story and capture the reader/readers imagination more then small flaws in the science aren’t a problem. There are obviously going to be die hard sci fi fans who will disagree with me, but as long as a story seems to make some kind of sense, or seems plausible withing the universe the story is set, then I don’t have a problem with it! I’m not clued up enough about science to stop and map out whether something is accurate, particularly if I am caught up in it 😉

  2. Oh, bah! You know, I’ve been meaning to ask you a question. Recently, an old idea that I had started writing years ago returned to me. At that particular time, I stopped writing the piece, but was unable to figure out why. It was a good idea, but something just wasn’t right. Now, the pieces fell into place and the entire structure of the old story unfolded in my mind. It would be a new novel entirely, but at long last, every piece fell into place for it. The problem is that I’m still writing A World To Come.

    What are you thoughts concerning working on two projects at once? Should I simply make notes on this new/old novel, or write it at the same time as AWTC???

    I’m filled with confuzzlement.

    1. It comes down to how you work, and whether you can keep the two stories separate in your head.

      The danger with writing more than one piece at a time is that you may start to ‘drift’ between pieces, and end up with both pieces sounding the same. It’s a danger, but not a definite.

      I have, at the moment, 2 novels, 2 novellas and 9 short stories in progress, ranging from the scratchpad phase to the final edit phase. I’m currently working on three first drafts concurrently.

      I have found, through practice, that I can keep the voices clear in my head, but I have to work at it. I can’t just toss out a couple of lines at a time. I need to re-immerse myself in a work each time I return to it, before I put words on the page.

      It’s not the most productive way to go about things.

      All I can suggest is, give it a try. If you really can’t put down AWTC long enough to write the first draft of your resurrected idea, then try writing them both concurrently. You might find that you naturally gravitate to a particular work depending on your mood, or fatigue level, or whether you get a flash of insight.

      You might also find, after a few weeks, that one work calls to you more than the other. In that case, I would work on the piece that feels the strongest.

      Well, that turned out to be an essay! I hope it’s given you some food for thought.

      1. Interesting. In a way, I feel like I’m cheating on AWTC. However, I think I can give writing both of them a shot. Like you said, give it a couple of weeks and see what happens.

        I may indeed gravitate towards one more than the other, and I don’t want the danger’s of spitting words into one of them because I feel like I have to. One way that I always reimmerse myself, even with one project, I simply re-read what I have already written for it.

        The piece that came to me is more mainstream science fiction, and less Hard sci-fi. I say mainstream, but it weaves a strong emotional element through the story that’s sort of…. don’t make fun of me… Nicholas Sparks meets Space Opera.

        AWTC, however, is indeed almost completed. It’s a massive novel, spanning many years, worlds, and people. When it all comes together, just the thought of it is heartbreaking to me.

        I suppose I’ll just see what happens. Thanks for the advice!

    2. You should make this a post of its own, I bet you’d get plenty of good advice 😉

      You’re at a totally different stage on ATWC, so you could give writing the first draft of this other novel a go at the same time, though it will split your productivity. Whats more important? Getting this other new novel out? Getting ATWC finished? Or silencing those voices in your head? lol

      Always worth trying. I never ever finish anything before taking a break by writing something else, regardless of the length. I often write a new novel first draft while I let another sit so that I can better revise.

      We’re all different! Try it and see what works for you

      1. Ah, splitting productivity. That’s another situation to consider. Yeah, I’m the same way with novels. I just write one, revise it, and start toying with another concept. Who knows? Maybe it will work for me. I’ll be sure to let you guys know what happens!

        I didn’t make a new post out of that question because nobody has given me their thoughts on the post that I have. I’m getting comments, but they are not about the post. I like the post, and it’s fairly thought provoking concerning the genre in which I write.

        Oh well. 😦

    3. I find it hard to keep two stories going at the same time, I prefer to have one on the go, one in edit phase and a few short stories happening at the same time, only because it feels cleaner to me.

      If I get a story idea I am passionate about, I will write copious amounts of notes so I don’t lose the jist of the idea and do some research, just so I have a project lined up for when I finish writing.

  3. That is precisely how I normally work. The reason that this new project excites me so is because I’ve had the premise for a long time, but some aspects didn’t make sense until now. It’s a feeling that urges me to write it. I have to give AWTC priority though. First I’ll try notes on the other project and maybe start it off. I hope things work out just fine!

  4. Rewriting your story so that you can more easily share it with others is nothing to be ashamed of. You could write books with yourself as the target audience and it would still find someone else to resonate with, but broadening the reach of your work is not bad. Writing exists to share information. To use a metaphor: don’t look at changing your work as changing frequencies, but rather as a way of boosting the signal.

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